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Support the strike of Tanduay workers in Cabuyao for regularization of 397 contractuals!

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Support the strike of Tanduay workers in Cabuyao, Laguna! Fight for the regularization of 397 contractuals!

Starting May 18, 2015, workers from the Tanduay Distillers Inc. in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines are on strike for their regular jobs and just working conditions.

Three hundred and ninety-seven workers, or 90% of its total workforce, have been working as contractual workers for 5 to 11 years now – with a meager wage of P315 (set to be lowered to P255 because of the Two-Tiered Wage System), no benefits (medical, sick leave, vacation leave or even bonuses), and no job security (they can be dismissed by the company anytime).

This is ironic since Lucio Tan, primary owner of Tanduay, is listed on 2014 as Forbes Magazine’s 2nd Richest Filipino with a net worth of $6.1 billion or P270 billion. Tanduay Distillers Inc. alone, earned net sales of P10 billion and P12 billion on 2013 and 2012 respectively. Each day, Tanduay workers create an estimate of P15 million worth of products.  This means, per P1 profit of Tanduay Distillers, only P0.003 goes to wages which will be divided to 397 workers!

Workers have petitioned for an investigation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) since Tanduay Distillers Inc. has been employing workers under the guise of 2 agencies (Global Skills Providers Multi-purpose Cooperative and HD Manpower Service Cooperative). Labor Only Contracting is illegal under the Labor Code of the Philippines and yet even DoLE has turned a blind eye to the pleas of the workers.

As of June 3, a total of 50 workers and supported have been injured by hired goons of Lucio Tan who unrelentingly attempt to disperse the picket line through violence and harassment.

It is saddening that the same workers who make alcoholic beverages such as Long Neck, Lapad Five Years, Jamaica, Green Tea, Asian Rum, Compañero, London Gin, Gin Capitan, Rhum Cocktails, Island Mix and many others – are the same workers who are deprived of their just wages, benefits and job security. They are the same workers who, day by day, have families who are struggling through poverty.

Is this what business tycoons like Lucio Tan want as a future for Filipinos who offered their sweat and blood for honest work?  

All freedom loving citizens should enjoin us because only through our collective spirit and principled action can we help the the 397 contractual workers in their just cause for regularization!

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