Philippines: Report of violent dispersal of protesting workers surfaces; Coca-cola responds

A report alleged that contractual workers of Coca-Cola Philippines in Davao faced "massive retrenchment" despite ongoing calls for regularisation. The same report stated that protesting workers were violently dispersed by the police.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Coca-cola to respond. Its response is linked below. 

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Company response
30 April 2018

Response by Coca-Cola FEMSA

Author: Coca-Cola FEMSA

STATEMENT OF COCA-COLA FEMSA PHILIPPINES ON THE DAVAO PICKET

 Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines (KOF PH) acknowledges and respects the voice of all KOF PH Unions. We consider our people as the top resource of the organization and deeply value their significant contribution to the company. We encourage them to lawfully exercise their right to express their opinions on issues that may have a bearing on their rights as employees.

 Our organization adheres to the Workplace Rights of The Coca-Cola Company and the labor law of the country where were operate. We manage our business in accordance with the principles of trust, honesty, and integrity.

 The incident, which transpired on April 02, 2018, was truly unfortunate. A group of individuals conducted an illegal picket in front of our Davao Distribution Center. These individuals were not employees of KOF PH, but have been identified as former and current employees of Work Experts and Allied Services Inc. (WEASI) – a third party agency of KOF PH for warehousing requirements.

 KOF PH coordinated closely with the management of WEASI, as well as the local government unit, to ensure a peaceful negotiation between the two parties last April 02. The management of WEASI has assured us that they are resolving their internal labor issues promptly and fairly. #

 

Article
15 April 2018

Philippines: Coca-Cola workers call for reinstatement & regularisation of fellows; lawmaker condemns violent dispersal of protesters

Author: Kath M. Cortez, Davao Today

"Coca-Cola workers' struggle continues", 09 April 2018

Members of Kilusang Manggagawa ng Coca-Cola (KIMACO KMU) staged another protest...to call for the reinstatement of 65 workers...and the regularization of all contractual workers under Coca-Cola FEMSA Davao.

After the temporary release of 10 workers on Friday, KIMACO-KMU is now planning to file charges against police authorities who dispersed the picket...

The 10 workers were arrested and detained at the Talomo Police Station for four nights and five days upon the order of dispersal by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Police Chief Inspector Ronald Lao.

A complaint was then filed against the 10 protesting workers by a certain Randy Pagatpat, who identified himself as a Coca-cola driver, for Grave Coercion while another complaint of Resistance and Serious Disobedience to an Agent of a Person in Authority was also filed by PO2 Richard Torregosa and PO1 Jomel Vigonte.

...AnakPawis Partylist Representative Ariel Casilao...said the progressive party-list in Congress will file a resolution to condemn the violent dispersal of protesting workers....

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