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Philippines: Garment workers strike over union busting & unpaid wages harassed by factory guards, says labour group

"Strikers being starved using covid lockdown as cover", 8 April 2020

Workers of garments factory Sejung Apparel Inc. have been on picket-protest since December. In recognition of the need to maintain social distancing, the number of people at the picketline was reduced by the union. From March 27 until today, all attempts to bring food and water to Jackie Elorde and Amer Taluba, the two workers at the picketline, have been stopped by security guards...

Guards have maintained a 24/7 cordon... around the picketline in violation of the 2011 Guidelines on the Conduct of Security Personnel During Labor Disputes which mandate that police, military and guards should be 50 meters away and not interfere in peaceful picketing. It appears that FCIE wants to starve Jackie and Amer into submission so as to dismantle the picketline.

On the morning of March 27, the union president Jopay Odchimar was prevented by FCIE guards from returning to the picketline to bring food... After a standoff from morning to afternoon, the union president agreed not to proceed to prevent further argument. That night, FCIE guards stopped water from being given by friends from nearby factories allegedly upon the orders of the estate manager. This is a clear case of harassment by the FCIE estate manager under the cover of the covid lockdown.

The labor dispute is due to union busting and also non-payment of 13th month pay and last salary...