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[Press Release] PLDT Opens Door for Digitel Workers, Protest Center Continues -DEU

PLDT Opens Door for Digitel Workers, Protest Center Continues

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The labor dispute between the management and the affected workers has reached preliminary settlement purposes. This was the result of the latest round of tripartite dialogue between the PLDT Management, DOLE and Digitel Employees Union (DEU) last May 27.

The remaining 88 employees based on the list submitted by the DEU will be subject to PLDT’s medical and interview screening for employment purposes. A coordination committee will be created to oversee the smooth and organized implementation of the activity.

As a sign of trust and confidence to the intention of PLDT management, the Union removed placards, signage and streamers at the picket line.

PLDT estimates that the process of screening will take about three (3) weeks, thereafter, a conciliation proceeding under the auspices of CMO-OSEC will be temporarily suspended until the next meeting on June 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

It’s been 49 days now, since the Digitel employees started a picket in front of the PLDT main office at Ayala, Makati last April 10, 2013, because they were illegally terminated from their regular jobs. Armed with the Supreme Court decision, G.R.No. 184903-04 issued with finality last January 21, 2013 and the Department of Labor and Employment order, the Writ of Execution issued last March 19, 2013, these Digitel employees are looking for justice, urging PLDT/DIGITEL management to respect the law.

The preliminary settlement between PLDT and DEU would be a big relief to their struggle; it came at a time where children of the affected employees are waiting and unsure if they would be back to school this June. DEU President Alan Licardo said,” We want to ensure that our kids will have a good future, but we will only be able to do that if we will have our jobs back.”

the DEU workers are still vigilant on the initial settlement offered by the management. They are expecting a speedy resolution to their cause; they are hopeful that PLDT management under the leadership of Manny Pangilinan, PLDT Chairman, and Butch Jimenez, PLDT Human Resources SVP, will abide by the Supreme Court decision and the DOLE order.

Alan Licardo – President – 09225375689 Fritz Alzuelo – Vice President – 09225342986

Blogsite: digitelemployeesunion.wordpress.com/ Email: digitel.employees.union@gmail.com

Twitter: @DEUbraves or twitter.com/DEUbraves Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/DEUBraves

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Petition Site: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/405/755/620/digitel-employees-union-fights-for-its-labor-rights/

Press Release

May 29, 2013

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[In the news] Group says EPIRA makes ‘Voltage Five’ even richer – Business – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Group says EPIRA makes ‘Voltage Five’ even richer – Business – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

A decade after its passage, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) has failed to lower electricity rates and has only enriched the so-called “Voltage Five,” the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) said.

“In contrast to our electricity-starved citizenry and economy, five super-rich families have become much, much richer, having cornered the fruits of EPIRA privatization which in practice has dropped all pretensions of opening up the electric power industry to as many competitive players as possible,” said FDC president Ricardo Reyes in a statement.

Describing these personalities as the “Voltage Five,” Reyes identified them as the Lopezes, Aboitizes, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Danding Cojuangco, and Henry Sy.

“Ten years of a failed privatization scheme under EPIRA should convince the Philippine government, especially Congress, to overhaul it. Our people need and deserve a new electric power reform law that will really provide affordable, accessible and clean electricity to all,” the FDC president said.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of EPIRA last Wednesday, militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) also said the law has done the opposite of its promise to lower electricity rates, among other things.

“The promise then was that EPIRA would bring down power rates and ease the financial burdens of the cash-strapped Napocor. Neither of these happened and consumers are worse off now than they were 10 years ago,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said on Bayan’s website. — Paterno Esmaquel II, with Jerbert Briola/LBG, GMA News