[Urgent Appeal] Korean’ high-end sporting and athletic goods manufacturer fires all union members -CTUHR

Urgent Appeal
Philippines

07 March 2018

Korean’ high-end sporting and athletic goods manufacturer fires all union members, defies government order to regularize 646 out of 1,200 workers

​[Fight Unfair Labor Practices/ Oppose Union Busting..]

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) seeks ​ your solidarity and support in calling for the immediate reinstatement of 132 workers and trade unionists dismissed by a Korean-owned Dong-In Entech K1 factory located at the Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), Mariveles, Philippines. The workers who were first laid off indefinitely and cried union busting, were dismissed at once citing decrease in market order, while increasing production in its seven other plants also in AFAB. At the same time, Dong-in Entech K1, defy the Labour Department Order to promote to regular status the 646 contractual workers who had served the company for as long as 17 years but remained as contract workers. Thus, it is able to control the union growth by keeping its majority workers on repeated short term contracts under manpower agencies, which the law prohibits.

Dong-In Entech K1 was established in 1996 in Bataan Export Processing Zone (BEPZ), the first manufacturing plant of the Dong-In Entech Group of Companies (formerly Gosrak Corp) led by Mr. In Soo Jung Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In its 22 years of operation Dong-In Entech Group has now eight (8) factories and offices in the Philippines located in AFAB (formerly Bataan Export Processing Zone), one (1) in Vietnam, builts it head office and another factory in Korea. It employs 8,141 workers (2016 data), 60% of whom are women . Dong-In Entech group manufactures and supplies outdoor gears and equipment for leading global outdoor companies and brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Mammut, Kelty, Camelbak, Black Diamond, Gregory, Arc’teryx, Mont.bell Japan that are sold in Europe and other parts of the world. It also supplies military backpacks and mountain gears. In 2015, its actual exports amounted $112,940,000 and in 2016, recognized by the National Tax Service Commission in Korea as exemplary. In the same year, Dong-in Entech was also given National Brand Award in Korea.

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