Loading
Breaking
Now Reading: MOVING FORWARD | Regent Food mulls leaving Pasig over mayor’s stand on labor dispute
MOVING FORWARD | Regent Food mulls leaving Pasig over mayor’s stand on labor dispute
November 19, 2019 , 01:04 PM

NOVEMBER 19, 2019 – A large food company, hit by a labor dispute, said it was considering moving its business elsewhere after the mayor of Pasig City defended arrested striking workers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Regent Food Corporation (RFC) said it will not be cowered by Mayor Vico Sotto who demanded the withdrawal of charges against 23 striking workers arrested on November 9 during a violent dispersal operation.

“Moving forward, RFC may simply accept its fate that the Pasig City Administration will unjustly make life hard for it and its 400-strong workforce, and contemplate simply bringing its business elsewhere—a truly painful outcome for a corporation that has considered Pasig City its home for a total of three decades now,” the company said in a statement.

The company said the strike was “never legitimate and peaceful.”

“It had no legitimacy from the beginning since there is an existing sole and exclusive bargaining agent within the company,” Regent said. “On top of this, the strikers also committed criminal activities during the conduct of their unlawful strike.”

The company also argued it had sought help from several government offices including that of Sotto, but it fell on “deaf ears.” The management did not also press the criminal charges and order their arrest.

“Mayor Vico has cast RFC as anti-labor. But, the truth is, RFC only meant to protect the rights of its non-striking employees who were prevented by the strikers from working and providing for their own families.”

 

 

The 11 remaining detained workers were released from detention last night after posting bail.

 

 

Sotto, who ended the Eusebio dynasty in the May elections, has also warned the RFC management to rethink its positions against the workers if they still “want to have a healthy relationship with the city.”

The young mayor earlier vowed to help process their release and defended their right to strike.

“These people are not criminals; they do not have the goal of hurting you. They are fighting for what they believe to be just,” Sotto told the company. “You can continue with the labor dispute without sending the poor and powerless to jail!”

 

 

This was not the first time Sotto sided with the workers. Last July, he confronted the management of Zagu Foods Corporation upon reports of violent dispersal of striking workers. (Karen Macalalad / MM)

More From News5
WOTD | DRAWER
Ang tawag sa pumipirma sa tseke. Alamin ang iba't ibang termino sa usapang legal kasama si Atty. Mel Sta. Maria.
Published On: December 3, 2019
Shabu sa paracetamol
Isinilid ng dalawang drug suspects sa Caloocan ang 12 sachet ng shabu sa kahon ng gamot para hindi raw mahalata ng mga pulis.
Published On: December 3, 2019
Maguindanao massacre 10th anniversary
Umapela si Maguindanao Rep. Toto Mangudadatu na huwag kalimutan ang sinapit ng mga biktima sa malagim na massacre. | via Romel Lopez
Published On: December 3, 2019
VP Robredo, ilalabas ang natuklasan sa war on drugs
Iginiit ng sinibak na anti-drug czar na si Vice Pres. Leni Robredo na pinagtulungan at pinagkaisahan siya para hindi magtagumpay sa kampanya kontra iligal na droga. | via Maricel Halili and Jenny Dongon
Published On: December 3, 2019
WOTD | BILL OF RIGHTS
Mga probisyon sa Saligang Batas na sinasaad ang mga sibil at politika na karapatan ng tao at nagbibigay ng limitasyon sa kapangyarihan ng gobyerno. Alamin ang iba't ibang termino sa usapang legal kasama si Atty. Mel Sta. Maria.
Published On: December 3, 2019
Paalala ng Pangulo sa dalawang House leader
Ipinaalala ni Pres. Duterte na dapat masunod ang gentleman's agreement nina Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano at Rep. Lord Allan Velasco kaugnay ng hatian sa speakership sa Kamara.
Published On: December 3, 2019
"There was a lapse in judgment and I acknowledge that." - Raffy Tulfo
Nilinaw ni Raffy Tulfo na naayos na ang isyu tungkol sa guro sa Maynila na inireklamo matapos umanong mamahiya ng estudyante. Nanawagan din siya na huwag nang palakihin pa ang isyu.
Published On: December 3, 2019
Robredo, determinado pa rin sa kampanya kontra droga
Isasapubliko raw ni Vice Pres. Leni Robredo ang kanyang mga natuklasan at rekomendasyon kaugnay sa drug war. "Makakaasa kayo: kahit tinanggalan ako ng posisyon, hinding-hindi nila kayang tanggalin ang aking determinasyon."
Published On: December 3, 2019
'Gov't can't just sit idly and wait for VP Leni to perform' -Panelo
Hindi naman daw puwedeng maghintay lang ang Palasyo kung kailan magpe-perform ng kanyang trabaho si VP Leni Robredo bilang co-chairperson ng ICAD. Nagbigay ng dalawang dokumento ng rekomendasyon si Robredo sa Pangulo pero huli na para gawin ito, ayon kay Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
Published On: December 3, 2019
Sec. Villar: Build, Build, Build program, "on track"
Ipinagtanggol ni DPWH Sec. Mark Villar ang Build, Build, Build program ng pamahalaan matapos na punahin ng Sen. Franklin Drilon ang mabagal nitong pag-usap. | via Jove Francisco
Published On: December 3, 2019
Top Stories
EARTHQUAKE IN MINDANAO | Magnitude 6.9 quake jolts Davao, kills 4
December 15, 2019 – Four people were killed and about a dozen were injured when a powerful earthquake shook Davao Del Sur on Sunday, the Phil
Published On: December 15, 2019
RETRIEVAL OPS | New Zealand divers search contaminated waters for volcano victims
WELLINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand divers searched contaminated waters near the volcanic White Island on Saturday in an attempt to re
Published On: December 14, 2019
‘MISGUIDED’ | US Senate reso backing De Lima, Ressa, intrusion on PH sovereignty – Panelo
December 14, 2019 – Malacañang on Saturday said that the resolution of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations calling for the immediat
Published On: December 14, 2019
‘ECONOMIC SABOTAGE’ | Duterte threatens military takeover of water firms
(DECEMBER 13, 2019) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened a military takeover of water firms Manila Water and Maynilad over the R
Published On: December 13, 2019
ECO BLOCKS & TILES | Kenyan scientist builds roof tiles from broken bottles and plastic wastes
By Nita Bhalla   GILGIL, Kenya, DECEMBER 13, 2019 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hope Mwanake understands the plastic pollution crisis f
Published On: December 13, 2019