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5 Jan 2021

Partido Manggagawa

Philippines: Labour group condemns suspension of union elections at Sports City factories, alleging company is violating workers' freedom of association

"Workers slam suspension of union elections at biggest Mactan Ecozone firm", 5 January 2021

...Partido Manggagawa slammed the suspension of the proceedings for certification election at three Sports City factories at the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ). The Sports City group of companies employs some 14,000 workers and is the biggest employer at the MEZ.

“Sports City is using legal maneuvers to subvert the workers’ exercise of freedom of association and yesterday it succeeded in delaying the holding of an election at three of its factories on the basis of an appeal to the office of the Labor Secretary. We call on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to implement the law and the rules which absolutely guarantee the holding of a certification election despite an appeal by the employer,” stated... PM-Cebu spokesperson.

... Petitions for certification election by rank-and-file unions in Metrowear, Globalwear and Mactan Apparel, and a supervisory union in Globalwear were earlier granted and objections by management dismissed...

[A]nother petition for certification election is pending at First Glory Philippines. All the unions formed at Sports City and First Glory are affiliated to PIGLAS-SENTRO. A labor dispute has erupted at First Glory after the mass layoff of 300 workers, including all of the union officers, last November 27. Last December 22, members of the First Glory labor union voted overwhelmingly to go on strike... The latest mediation hearing yesterday, attended by no less than Lapu Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, on the First Glory dispute again ended without any agreement...

Part of the following timelines

Philippines: 4000+ garment workers laid off in economic zone due to reduced orders from buyers amid COVID-19; Incl. company responses

Philippines: J.Crew gets First Glory factory to agree to hold union elections following accusations of union-busting after layoff of 300 garment workers & union president

Philippines: Labour group condemns alleged interference in union elections by Sports City International