Open letter of MTTPWEA-ADLO-KMU regarding the sudden closure of MUSTAD TTPI leaving 169 workers jobless

[translated from Filipino. See original letter below]

 

31 May 2011

 

To our fellow workers here in the Philippines and around the globe, to all those who do fishing whether as sport or as a commercial enterprise, and to all the people,

Greetings!

We are legitimate workers of Mustad Terminal Tackle Phils. Inc. Our union is comprised of daily rank and file employees with 120 members. Our average daily wage is Php464.34 (~US$10.26). We have been employees of Mustad for the last 15 to 24 years.

Last May 24, 2011, Tuesday, 10:15 in the morning, the management summoned three representatives from our union. In the presence of five management lawyers, supervisors, confidential employees and three representatives from the monthly rank and file union, the management announced that the company will be shutting down on that very day. They asked us to drop everything even though we were previously instructed to rush our production because we have a ship-out due on that day.

The management has not filed for closure at the Department of Labor and Employment. To go around the law and cover up for this [non-compliance with due process], they already prepared a 30-day salary and we need not work for it. Without warning, the management dropped a bombshell on us and put us in a very difficult situation. They would release our last payroll, which we worked for, only if we accept and sign the termination notice, waiver, quitclaim, separation pay of 26 days per year of service, 13th month pay, and half of the general (sick leave/vacation leave) and the additional 30 days [which was supposed to serve as a prior notice before the shutdown.]

Because of shock, confusion, difficulty and fear felt by our colleagues, they were forced to accept the offer even if it is against their will. 

Out of the 169 employees of MUSTAD TTP—nine of which are supervisors, 32 monthly rank and file, and 120 are daily rank and file—102 accepted the separation pay. Sixty of us from the daily rank and file and three from the monthly rank and file were left to continue the fight for wages, job and our rights.

The MUSTAD management gravely violated us. What they did to us is extremely disconcerting.

MUSTAD has monopolized the global production of fishing hooks and fishing materials since 1980s. Despite this achievement, this is what they have done to us workers who created the quality and expensive products that gave wealth to and strengthened this multinational company. 

This is why we are calling for support from you and the whole world. We are also calling for a boycott of all products of MUSTAD while they continue doing these things to us.

We are hoping for your warm and positive response because this fight is not ours alone but a fight of the entire working class against an oppressive system.

Thank you and long live to all!

 

MUSTAD TTP Workers and Employees Association-Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno (MTTPWEA-ADLO-KMU)

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Bukas na Liham ng MTTPWEA-ADLO-KMU hinggil sa biglaang pagsasara ng MUSTAD TTP at siyang nagdulot pagkawala ng hanapbuhay ng 169 na manggagawa

Ika-31 ng Mayo 2011

Sa kapwa naming manggagawa dito sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo ganun din sa lahat ng mangingisda “sports” man o “commercial,” at sa lahat ng mamamayan,

Pagbati!

Kami ay mga lehitimong manggagawa sa Mustad Terminal Tackle Phils. Inc. Ang aming union ay daily rank and file na may 120 kasapian. [Php]464.31 ang average na arawang sahod. May 15 hanggang 24 na taon na kaming naglilingkod sa Mustad.

Noong araw ng Martes, Mayo 24, 2011, 10:15 ng umaga, ay ipinatawag ng management ang tatlong kinatawan ng aming union. Sa harap ng lima nilang abogado, mga supervisors, confidential employees at tatlong representative ng monthly rank and file union ay sinabi nila na magsasara na ang kompanya noong araw na iyon mismo. Pinaiiwanan na sa amin ang aming mga ginagawa. Kahit sinabi nila na mayroong kaming rush upang i-shipout sa araw na iyon.

[Hindi sila nag-file ng pagsasara] sa DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment] na magsasara. Para lusutan at pagtakpan ito ay inihanda na nila ang bayad para sa [30 days] at hindi na kami pinapagtrabaho. Binigla at ginipit kami ng management. Ibibigay lang nila ang huling payroll na aming pinagtrabahuhan kung kukunin at pipirmahan naming ang termination notice, waiver, quit claim, separation pay na 26 days/year of service. 13th month pay, kalahati ng general [sick leave/vacation leave] leave namin at yung 30 days [na dapat prior notice bago tuluyang magsara].

Sa pagkabigla, pagkalito, kagipitan at takot na naramdaman ng aming mga kasamahan ay napilitan silang kunin ito labag man sa kanilang kalooban.

Sa 169 empleyado ng MUSTAD TTP, 9 dito ay supervisors, 32 ang monthly rank and file at 120 kaming daily rank and file. 102 ang kumuha ng separation pay. Sixty (60) mula sa aming daily rank ang file at 3 mula sa montly rank ang file ang natira upang ipaglaban an gaming sahod, trabaho at karapatan.

Binastos kami nang husto ng MUSTAD management. Sobrang nakakagalit ang ginawa nila sa amin.

Monopolyado ng MUSTAD sa buong mundo ang fishing hooks at fishing materials mula pa 1980s. Sa kabila nito, [ito] ang iginanti sa aming mga manggagawa na lumikha ng dekalidad at mamahaling mga produkto nila na nagpayaman at nagpapatatag sa multinational na kompanyang ito.

Kaya kami po ay nananawagan ng suporta mula sa inyo at sa buong mundo. Ipinapanawagan din naming ang pagboykot sa produkto ng MUSTAD habang ganito ang ginagawa nila sa amin.

Inaasahan po naming ang inyong mainit na pagtugon dahil ito ay hindi lamang laban [namin] kundi laban ng buong uri[ng manggagawa] sa mapang-aping sistema.

Salamat at mabuhay kayo!

MUSTAD TTP Workers and Employees Association-Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno (MTTPWEA-ADLO-KMU)

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