October 4, 2012
PHILEC WORKERS STAGED THEIR STRIKE THIS MORNING
Workers from Philippine Electric Company (Philec) staged their strike this morning after negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement has been deadlocked. The striking workers belong to Philec Employees and Workers Association (PEWA), and a member of the working class organization Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino - National Capital Region-Rizal (BMP-NCRR).
Philec has its address at Kaytikling Rd., Bo. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal. It is a subsidiary of First Philippine Electric Corp., a member of the Lopez Group, and is engaged in the manufacture of distribution transformers.
According to Rogelio Mira, PEWA 2nd Vice President, "We launched our strike after a deadlock in our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to express our unity and to defend our right as workers. We are disgusted by the management’s strategy of closure after the failure in our CBA negotiations. Our proposal for a new CBA was countered by closure.”
Meanwhile, Gie Relova, secretary general of the BMP-NCRR, calls for workers from different workers organizations to support the said strike. “The workers union at Philec is already one of the few labor unions left in our country. The capitalist class continues to destroy these unions as their solution to the crisis of capital. This should not be. The workers should unite against these schemes of capital against the working class.”
For more information, pls contact Rogelio Mira at 0908-8967737, and Gie Relova, BMP-NCRR secretary general, at 0915-2792749