NEWS: Workers of Pentagon Steel Corporation picket company administration*

June 27, 2013

On April 13, 2013, union members of the Pentagon Workers’ Union-PTGWO-TUCP of Pentagon Steel Corporation were locked out and illegally fired from the company. This was due to their protest action outside the factory, following the violation of certain provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Alleged violations “include arbitrary relocation of workers to new departments, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide seniority pay, no payments of benefits, no proper gloves or safety equipment, preferential treatment of pro-management workers, and ‘preventative suspensions’ and terminations,” according to a Rappler report.

Two days later, the 129 illegally dismissed workers started the picket on April 15. According to Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, the workers were harassed by members of the Police Community Precinct 1 of the Quezon City Police District (by those in civilian clothes and in uniform). They were electrocuted, beaten with handcuffs and other implements. Yet they did not give up. The management tried to make some scabs clandestinely enter the premises, but they were stopped in their tracks through the militant efforts of the picketing workers.

As of writing, the workers have achieved a company shutdown, due to the company refusing to give the demands of the workers, such as the reinstatement of the workers, removal of human resources director Pablito Alcover, and granting of support to the workers, due to their being on strike. •

*This is an article from the CBBRC Update April-June 2013 issue.