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PHOTOS | Workers continue protest vs union-busting electronics company NXP

Twenty-four of their leaders were dismissed and their union is under siege. Locked out and left out a month after their leaders’ unjust dismissal, hundreds of protesting workers forced their way through the industry park’s gates. Chanting “Manggagawang tinanggal, ibalik! Ibalik!” (Dismissed workers, reinstate! Reinstate!), the protesters, ushered in by dozens of fellow workers in motorcycles, marched a few kilometers toward the NXP plant. In an admirable show of workers’ strength, and with cops and security personnel watching, the NXP workers called on the management, especially its general manager, Jose Miguel Orleans, to resume the talks for a collective bargaining agreement and end attacks on the workers’ right to a union.

NXP Semiconductors, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is an electronics company that provides semiconductors to companies such as Apple, among others.

Here are some of the photos of the protest action:

Workers from NXP Semiconductors, as well as from other unions, labor federations and advocates, gathered in front of the locked gates of Light Industry and Science Park (LISP) in Cabuyao, Laguna to protest the dismissal of the 24 NXP union leaders, and call for resumption of CBA talks. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Workers from NXP Semiconductors, as well as from other unions, labor federations and advocates, gather in front of the locked gates of Light Industry and Science Park (LISP) in Cabuyao, Laguna to protest the dismissal of the 24 NXP union leaders, and call for resumption of CBA talks. KR Guda

Cops quickly gathered in front of the locked gates to "maintain peace and order", but really, to protect private property and the business interests in LISP. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Cops quickly line up in front of the locked gates to “maintain peace and order”, but really, to protect private property and the business interests in LISP. KR Guda

Flags of the countries of corporations with plants in LISP wave side by side with the Philippine flag. LISP is a 173-hectare private "special economic zone" were multinational companies enjoy "fiscal incentives" such as tax discounts and holidays, as well as other perks from government. Meanwhile, these companies, with complicity from government agencies, press down wages and employ many, if not mostly, contractual workers. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Flags of the countries of corporations with plants in LISP wave side by side with the Philippine flag. LISP is a 173-hectare private “special economic zone” where multinational companies enjoy “fiscal incentives” such as tax discounts and holidays, as well as other perks from government. Meanwhile, these companies, with complicity of government agencies, press down wages and employ many, if not mostly, contractual workers. KR Guda

The protesting workers break through the locked gates and march to the NXP plant. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

The protesting workers break through the locked gates and march to the NXP plant. KR Guda

NXP management contracted security personnel to man the barbed wire fences set up only recently. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

NXP management contracted security personnel to man the barbed wire fences set up only recently. KR Guda

The NXP union president, Reden Alcantara, speaks in front of the plant to once again call for the reinstatement of the 24 workers. Alcantara is one of the 24 dismissed union leaders. Labor rights advocates like the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Reform and the Kilusang Mayo Uno denounced the dismissals as part of management efforts to crack down on the union. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

The NXP union president, Reden Alcantara, speaks in front of the plant to once again call for the reinstatement of the 24 workers. Alcantara is one of the 24 dismissed union leaders. Labor rights advocates like the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Reform and the Kilusang Mayo Uno denounced the dismissals as part of management efforts to crack down on the union. KR Guda

The management claims that dismissed 24 union leaders skipped work on April 9, as well as April 17th and 19th, and planned to set up a strike against the management. But the workers said that the said dates were, in fact, legal holidays, that they have option to not work. April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan (Valor Day), with April 17 and 19 are Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday, respectively. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

The management claims that the 24 union leaders skipped work on April 9, as well as April 17th and 19th, and planned to set up a strike. But the workers answered that the said dates were, in fact, legal holidays, that they have option to not work. April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan (Valor Day), with April 17 and 19 are Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday, respectively. KR Guda

The protesting unionized workers, a majority of whom are women, demanded a an 8% wage hike increase. The union leaders argue that the said hike can easily be given by the management after the workers help reach record profits for the company. The management, headed by its general manager Jose Miguel Orleans, however, were willing to give only 3.5% raise. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

The protesting unionized workers, a majority of whom are women, demand a an 8% wage hike increase. The union leaders argue that the said hike can easily be given by the management after the workers helped reach record profits for the company. The management, headed by its general manager Jose Miguel Orleans, however, are willing to give only 3.5% raise. KR Guda

Jerome Adonis, a labor leader from the Kilusang Mayo Uno, declared the labor center's all out support for the NXP workers' fight. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Jerome Adonis, a labor leader from the Kilusang Mayo Uno, declares the labor center’s all out support for the NXP workers’ fight. KR Guda

The protesting workers call out two NXP executives, human resources head Monina Lasala and general manager Jose Miguel Orleans, who they said were among the most responsible for union-busting attempts in NXP Cabuyao. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

The protesting workers call out two NXP executives, human resources head Monina Lasala and general manager Jose Miguel Orleans, who they said were among the most responsible for union-busting attempts in NXP Cabuyao. KR Guda

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Kenneth Roland A. Guda Posted by on Jun 7 2014. Filed under Features, Manggagawa, Photo Gallery, Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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