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14 Aug 2017

Philippines: Lakepower Converter union alleges management interference with workers' right to organise

In a blog posted 28 July 2018, Philippine-based labour organization Partido Manggagawa (PM) reported on a positive development regarding a dispute involving Lakepower Converter’s management and the company’s union. It stated that the company would take steps to respect freedom of association, recall armed guards in the production area, and resolve workplace grievances raised in a prior process. In return, the union agreed to remove a previous blog post detailing labour rights allegations, and withdraw formal complaints for union busting and unfair labour practices. The link to this blog is included below.

On 2 August 2017, PM posted another blog entitled, "Lakepower reneges on promise to respect freedom of association, promotes a ‘company union’ to compete with the independent union". Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Lakepower Converter to respond to this article. We have been in touch with Lakepower’s counsel, but the company has not sent a response to the piece. We will indicate on this page whether Lakepower responds or not.

We also sought comment from companies earlier identified as sourcing from Lakepower Converter. Responses from Asus and Arrow Technologies are included below.

On 30 December 2017, another report about the ongoing strike was published and this is linked below. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre sent an invitation to respond to Texas Instruments, another identified buyer of Lakepower Converter. The response of Texas Instruments is linked below.

Company Responses

Asus Computer Inc. View Response
Arrow Electronics View Response
Texas Instruments View Response