Aside from the complainants, the NLRC decision bolstered the rest of the contractual ABS-CBN workers’ demands for regularization.
The CA ruled that the 15 “are not guilty of gross and habitual neglect of duty under the Labor Code.”
The labor violations experienced by the workers include 14-hour shifts without overtime pay, contractualization, union busting, among others. While the workers celebrate the release of the Regent 23 through the help of Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, RFWU has been mired in debt for payment of bail amounting to P300,000 (US $5,890).
Elements of the Cabuyao PNP, led by Lt. Col. Zeric Soriano, employees from the Cabuyao City Hall, along with hired goons from NutriAsia arrived at noon to demand the dismantling of the picketline.
“Although they are different companies with different forms of struggle, the fact remains that both [NutriAsia and Pepmaco] have committed grave transgressions against their workers.”
“They say we committed arson because we used some wood to cook our rice. That’s ridiculous. And robbery! The case said we stole a pallet worth P100,000. Let me ask you this: if the police were chasing you down, would you bother stealing a pallet? What would you even do with a pallet?”
“In all the years that Monde Nissin operated and exploited workers, we were the only ones to launch a strike, and we did it twice.”
“This strike will not end until we are regularized.”
“For as long as the Duterte regime looks down on the working class and puts foreign and capitalist interests first, these crises will not stop.”
The arrested workers are currently detained in the Calamba City Jail. As of press time, there are yet no details on the cases filed against them.
“[Article 280 of the] Labor Code clearly states that we should be regular employees from Day 1 because the work we’re doing is necessary and desirable to Monde Nissin.”