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PINAS FIRST Statement 28 May 2011 on 100 yrs of Nestle in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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As Nestlé celebrates its 100 years of business in the Philippines, we at Pinoy In Austrian Society For Integrity, Reforms and Social Transformation (PINAS FIRST) renew our solidarity with its workers.

The government makes it possible for the transnational corporations (TNCs) like Nestlé to rake in super profits and prosper: low labor costs, inadequate  environmental/ health/ safety restrictions and/or the enforcement thereof, and repression against workers who attempt to organize for better living and working conditions.

Wielding disproportionate political and economic influence, Nestlé has been, for the most part of its business history in the Philippines, playing above the country's laws. It simply chose to ignore the 1991 Supreme Court decision ruling that Nestlé workers’ Retirement Benefits was a legitimate issue in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the union and management in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The union's efforts at persuasion and diplomacy failed. 600 Nestlé workers had no recourse but to go on strike on January 14, 2002 to assert the SC decision, the right to union, right to collectively bargain, and other applicable laws.

But Nestlé continues to deny the workers a modest Retirement Benefits package based on annual salary and years of service at the company. It remains unmoved by the 2008 SC decision reaffirming its 1991 decision in favor of the workers,

Indeed, Nestle can afford to say "Good food, good life" -- at the expense of its workers. The workers now on their tenth year of strike, laying down their lives to claim what is rightfully theirs – their right to organize, colletively bargain and strike. The mainstream media has not been drawing enough attention to it, but to date, forty-eight (48) striking workers have been killed in the course of the struggle, including two union presidents - Meliton Roxas and Diosdado Fortuna.

Yes, 48 people have lost their lives for no more than honouring picket lines, defending their jobs, their fellow workers and the future of their children. And we do not want that more blood-shedding.

We call on our government

- to form an independent impartial body to investigate the killings of Nestle workers

- to protect workers against infringements of human rights by TNCs through national laws and its own law enforcement mechanisms

- to actively pursue the liability of TNCs through

1. The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and  Social Policy  

2. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

3. The United Nations Global Compact 650

4. The UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other 

Business Enterprises With Regard to Human Rights.

Pinoy in Austrian Society For Integrity, Reforms and Socal Transformation 


28 May 2011 


Last Updated ( May 28, 2011 at 06:29 PM )
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