NAGKAISA to Bello, investigate NutriAsia violence!

by Atty. Sonny Matula, Pangulo, Federation of Free Workers Chairperson, Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition is calling on Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III to conduct a thorough investigation on the violent dispersal of the picket of NutriAsia workers and their supporters. Please do not rush judgment.

Dear Secretary, we hope you interviewed the workers and gathered evidence first before jumping to conclusions. By pointing an accusing finger at the protesters as instigators of the violence, you are in effect absolving the police and hired security personnel of NutriAsia of any wrongdoing, if not covering up for them.

Ito ang tunay na mukha ng karahasan na kuntsabahan ng nutriasia at estado. #BoycottNutriAsiaHindi na mabubura sa imahe ng kumpanyang ito ang dugong dumadanak mula sa kanilang pananakit sa mga manggagawang mismong nagpapayaman sa kanila.

Publiée par NMN Marilao sur Lundi 30 juillet 2018

It is within your power to convene and activate the Tripartite Monitoring Body on freedom of association that should investigate, gather evidence and analyze information to determine who are accountable for the bloody incident that left scores injured and led to the unjust detention of 19 individuals.

The protest action is a direct result of attacks against trade union rights and freedom of association and thus, merits the creation of the tripartite monitoring body through the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council of Central Luzon.

HAPPENING NOW : NAGKAISA! Solidarity Action with Nutri Asia Workers, DOLE Intramuros

Publiée par Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa – Sentro sur Mercredi 1 août 2018

It’s about time we review the Joint Memorandum of Agreement and Guidelines of the DOLE, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, which outlines the proper conduct of men in uniform when it comes to mass actions related to labor disputes.

Finally, we believe that had you been firm in implementing the DOLE decision on the regularization of NutriAsia workers with its principal, it would not have come to this violent end with workers at the receiving end.

This only emphasizes the need to certify as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill at the Senate. We hope you act swiftly on this since no less than President Duterte, gave you and the Senate marching orders on the need for this law. CPM

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