DIGITEL Employees Shave Heads in Protest, Motion for Execution Pushed
Manila—Shaving their heads to underline their protest, Digitel employees picketed in front of the Department of Labor and Employment Office this morning, demanding that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz immediately issue a Motion for Execution of the Supreme Court Decision last January 21,2013 ruling that DIGITEL (now under the PLDT Group) is guilty of unfair labor practice, that the earlier dismissed workers must be reinstated and that management immediately commence collective bargaining proceedings with the certified bargaining agent, Digitel Employees Union or DEU.
“ We won in all cases… but now it will come to nothing if the DOLE Secretary and Court can’t prevent DIGITEL/PLDT merger from closing down DIGITEL and integrate its operation to PLDT as pretext to redundancy,” explained Allan Licardo, DEU President.
“Anong halaga ng DESISYON kung wala na ang mga EMPLEYADO. Hindi lang ang Digitel/PLDT ang may kasalanan at maaring sisihin, ang pagsasawalang kibo ng opisina ng DOLE ay may malaking parte din dito,” added Licardo.
All the surviving Digitel employees/DEU members will be dismissed under closure/integration cum redundancy program of Digitel/PLDT.
He added that in four instances DOLE came down with an Assumption of Jurisdiction (AJ) order every time they were poised to strike, in reaction to the mass lay off/dismissal by Digitel management and the continued refusal to start collective bargaining negotiations.
“ We went along with all the legal procedures until our case reached Supreme Court and got a favourable decision but in the midst of this our membership was continuously under attack by outsourcing, harassment and mass lay-off perpetuated by management,” lamented Licardo. DEU members are now only around 100 from almost 1,000 in 2005.
Pete Pinlac-MAKABAYAN Chairperson said that the present closure – integration of Digitel operation to PLDT cum redundancy is really a scheme to get rid of the union and the regular employees to replace them with contractual workers. “ Palusot lang ito ng management para hindi na kailangang ipatupad ang desisyon ng korte,” pointed out Pinlac
Licardo appealed to President Aquino to look into the plight of Digitel Workers.
March 18, 2013
By: Digitel Employees Union (DEU)
Allan Licardo – union president
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