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Philippines: Garment workers accuse factory of union busting & demand reinstatement of blacklisted workers

Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 6 February 2019

"Timberland workers in the Philippines strike over union busting", 6 February 2019

Workers at Pulido Apparel Company Inc in the Philippines, which supplies global brands including Timberland, UGG, The North Face and J-Crew, have been on strike since 21 January after the company temporarily shut down its main factory to break the workers’ union... 

The strikers are demanding the re-instatement of all workers, including activists who have participated in the strike and picket, and for collective bargaining negotiations to take place as soon as possible. 

Pulido Apparel, a Philippines subsidiary of the U.S. based leather gloves and fashion accessories manufacturer, Fownes Bros & Co, has around 450 employees...

... a week before collective bargaining was about to begin, the company informed the union that the San Luis factory would be closing. It also dismissed union leaders and union members. Pulido then ordered the San Luis workers to claim their redundancy pay and sign a document saying they had quit the company...

In early December, Pulido began hiring selected San Luis machinists... However, all union leaders and active supporters of the union were banned in rehiring...

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