QUEZON City, May 6, 2014 – Over 30 regular workers have been on protest since March 1, following the closure of one of the lamination affiliate establishments, resulting in a feeling of job insecurity among the employees, says a labor leader.
The Super Lamination Services (SLS) in San Francisco Del Monte was forced to shut down after it failed to comply with the City Hall’s 12-year period to relocate its establishment, Jewel F. Malunes, Samahan ng mga Mangagawa ng Express Coat (SMEC) spokesperson said on May 4.
Some 21 SLS regular workers were notified by the management in a letter dated February 27, 2014 to “not report to your assigned work effective March 1, 2014” and that “you will be notified right away once the Locational Clearance is given to us.”
The management is “floating” the 21 regular workers of SLS for six months, Malunes said. The company did not any give clear response on the issue of the said workers’ job security.
“There is no clear answer [from the company] if the 21 workers will be absorbed after six months,” he said.
Two lamination machines from SLS were moved to SMEC after the padlocking of the former, Malunes said. SMEC, which is similarly engaged in lamination, is a sister company of SLS, also located in San Francisco Del Monte.
The workers asked the management for financial assistance, Malunes said. But it was not given.
Affected by the specter of job uncertainty, the 17 regular workers at SMEC joined their counterparts from SLS to assert their labor rights, she added.
SMEC member Nelson B. Macalisang lamented SMEC’s hiring of manpower from labor agencies, leaving regular workers with job uncertainty.
“We like to return to our work. But the management does not give us any assurance,” he said in the vernacular.
The workers have been providing service to the lamination affiliates from 15 to 25 years, Jewel said. They laminated calendars, cigarette and soft drink posters, food mats, and notebook covers, making them glossy and providing a degree of liquid resistance.
A city zoning ordinance had been calling on the SLS to relocate its establishment since 2002, Jewel said. The City Hall granted the company a 10-year period to move. It was able to secure a two year extension of the moving period after failing to transfer location during the 10-year window.
The closure of SLS suspended the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) previously won by the labor union after several years of hard work, he said.
The workers continue to call on the management to reinstate the workers after it secures a Locational Clearance.
Meanwhile, the management could not be reached for comment. (Oliver Samson)