Philippines: Union alleges union busting by C&F Manufacturing when it retrenched over 60 union members; company responds

On 6 June 2016 manufacturing company C&F Philippines, a subsidiary of Irish firm C&F Tooling, retrenched 87 factory workers, stating business losses as cause. The union Tinig ng mga Manggagawa sa C&F Mfg. Phils. Corp. or Voice of the Workers stated that over 60 union members were retrenched, and alleged that the move was an attempt at union busting.

We invited C&F Manufacturing to respond. The response and related article are linked below.

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16 August 2016

C&F Manufacturing Philippines response

Author: C&F Manufacturing Philippines

14 Aug 2016

…On 6 June 2016, C&F Philippines was regrettably required to retrench 87 company production workers due to business losses. Although this was a perfectly legitimate action undertaken for good reasons recognised and in accordance with the process required by the Labor Code of the Philippines, it has attracted a certain level of inappropriate and inaccurate comment on the internet. Such comment is both unfair and unjustified…

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21 June 2016

WAC denounces unfair Labor Practice/Union Busting of Workers at C&F Manufacturing Phils. Corp.”

Author: Workers' Assistance Center Philippines

It was June 6, 2016 when the union, Tinig ng Mga Manggagawa sa C& F Mfg. Phils. Corp. or the Voice of the Workers in C&F Mfg. Phils. Corp…filed for a Petition for Certification Election to determine the representation of the workers in collective bargaining. The union is a newly-registered union and was only issued Certificate of Registration on May 30, 2016.

It was on the very same day, June 6, 2016, when the company management informed the Department of Labor and Employment - Cavite Provincial Office that they are subjecting to "retrenchment" some 87 regular workers of the company. More than 60 of these workers are union officers and members. On the same day, at night time, the night shift workers learned about their mass lay off through the posted "announcement" of their management in the bulletin board and the next day, June 7, 2016 the day shift workers were held at the guard house and not allowed to enter the premises of the company anymore. Workers tried to seek a dialogue with the management but to no avail…

According to this "announcement" the reasons for the mass lay off: declined orders from main customer, financial loss, production inefficiency, and increased total labor cost…But according to the illegally retrenched workers, none is true of these reasons. The real and sole reason is simply union busting…

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