[Press Release] PM slams PNP harassment vs. PAMCC Union, demand the release of four arrested

PM slams PNP harassment vs. PAMCC Union, demand the release of four arrested

pmLogo1The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) slammed the police harassment for raiding the house and resort of one of the Panaghugpong sa Mamumuo sa Carmen Copper (PAMCC) Union stalwart and treasurer Roldan Cansancio, planting evidences and baselessly linking the latter in the series of killing in Toledo City. “The Police in collusion with certain elements in Carmen Copper management are trying to divert the real issue in Toledo which is the brewing labor dispute Between the Union and Management of Carmen Copper. They are also trying to silence one of the very vocal critics of management’s contractualization scheme and unfair labor practices,” insisted Dennis Derige, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) Cebu spokesperson.

Relation between the management and union started to get strained late last year when the former started to implement its contractualization scheme little by little affecting the regular jobs at Carmen Copper. Also, the Union is becoming increasingly critical to the effects and damages to the environment brought about by the open pit mining. A full blown labor dispute erupted when the PAMCC Union discovered that their Management is forming its own company union and tried to replace the genuine union – PAMCC. A series of legal and extra-legal battle went way since then.

“Some elements in the PNP are being used by powerful interests in Atlas Mining to criminalize the issue in what should have been a very simple labor dispute. They maliciously link Cansancio to the killing last month of a certain Rene Embranilag , who is not an employee of Carmen Copper nor related to the labor dispute, to justify the entry of PNP to the labor problem.” Asserted Derige. Last month, one of the political leader of Sonny Osmena was murdered in Toledo and Osmena himself attributed the killing as political in motive and not related to the labor dispute.

Meanwhile, the president of PAMCC Tony Cuizon condemned the raid and defended his Union Treasurer “This is unacceptable! PNP – RID has no business here in our labor dispute with our management. They maliciously timed the raid when all of us union officers (including Cansancio) are here in Manila attending International Labor Organization (ILO) training seminar so that we cannot defend ourselves from their attack. This is a cowardly act.”

Cuizon further added “They are trying to silence my long time partner in the Union movement because he is my alter ego and is very vocal against any abuses from our management. They are trying to discredit his credibility portraying him as underworld character when in fact he is in an active service (CIDG- CIS) fighting criminality in the province. Mr. Cansancio could have turned his back on me when management people tried to convince him to capitulate but he did not do so and stick with me regardless of the risk. This is the kind of men the Union movement needed and I have high regards for him.”

Mr. Cansancio and PAMCC declared that they are readying their own charges against those responsible for the raid and for maliciously maligning the integrity of Cansancio and the Union. PAMCC and PM are also planning to hold series of protest in the coming days. There were also verified reports that police brutality occurred when a 13 years old minor was pinned down the floor, pointed with an armalite rifle and suffered verbal abuses from the raiding team.

“We cannot take this sitting down. This act is sending a chilling effect not only to our Union but to the labor movement in general. We call on the Department of Labor (DOLE) and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to intervene and investigate this act by the Police. Certainly, the PNP violated our human rights and rules on labor Dispute,” Cuizon ended. ###

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