103 CONTRACTUAL TANDUAY WORKERS ORDERED REGULARIZED BY DOLE
by Charissa Cañeso
Cabuyao, Laguna – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region IV-A issued on June 22 an order to the management of Lucio Tan-owned Tanduay Distillery, Inc. indicating that 103 of their contractual workers should be regularized.
The decision came as the striking workers mark the 40th day of their picket in front of the Asia Brewery Compound in this city.
In a 20-page decision, the labor department’s regional office ordered Tanduay Distillery, Inc. “to regularize the 103 GLOBALPRO and HD Manpower workers as its own Regular Employees in accordance with the principles contemplated in Article 294 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, and the rules laid down in Department Order No. 18-A, Series of 2011.” The decision affirmed the earlier findings of the Labor Laws Compliance Officers favoring the striking workers.
Anse Are, president of Tanggulang Ugnayan Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA) considered their legal victory as a “victory against contractualization saying that their demands are clear and that they will continue to fight until all 397 contractual employees are regularized.
He added that “the 397 contractual employees comprise the 90% of the whole population of workers under Tanduay and they have been working for the company for five to 10 years.”
DOLE also directed Tanduay management to observe compliance with provisions of Department Order No. 18-A, particularly, on the labor services being farmed out or outsourced by the principal.
Of the 103 employees mentioned on the order, 18 are under HD Manpower Service Cooperative while 85 are under Global Skills Provider Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The two agencies are in a labor-only contracting agreement with Tanduay, which DOLE considered illegal.
Ariel Velasquez, chairperson of Liga ng Manggagawa Para sa Regular na Hanapbuhay (LIGA) meanwhile credited this initial success to the workers and sectors who supported the strike since day one.
The workers also vowed that their strike will continue until their demands have been heard completely.