Regent lalayas sa Pasig dahil sa banta ni Sotto
NAKATAKDANG umalis ng Pasig ang Regent Food Corp. makaraang kampihan ni Mayor Vico Sotto ang ilang manggagawa ng kumpanya na inirereklamo ito ng di-makataong pagtrato sa mga trabahador.
Ayon sa kumpanya, naging bingi si Sotto sa katwiran nito na pinoprotektahan lamang ng RFC ang karapatan ng mga hindi nagwewelgang mga trabahador.
“Moving forward, RFC may simply accept its fate that the Pasig City Administration will unjustly make life hard for it and its 400-strong workforce, and contemplate simply bringing its business elsewhere—a truly painful outcome for a corporation that has considered Pasig City its home for a total of three decades now,” ayon sa RFC sa kalatas.
“Regent Foods Corp. (RFC) respects the sentiments of our good Mayor, inasmuch as it also respects the rights of its workers to hold a peaceful strike. However, it must be remembered that these rights presuppose that the strike was first peaceful and that it was carried out within the bounds of the law,” dagdag nito.
“Unfortunately, contrary to how Mayor Vico depicts the situation, the strike involved here was never legitimate and never peaceful, and up until it was dispersed, it was exercised in violation of RFC’s own rights, as well as the rights of other people,” sabi pa ng kumpanya.
Inilabas ng RFC ang pahayag makaraang umapela rito si Sotto na bawiin ang mga kasong isinampa sa 23 empleyado na dinakip ng pulisya nang magkagulo sa piket sa labas ng pabrika sa Pasig kamakailan.
Sinabi ng kumpanya na simula nang itatayo ito ay “(we have) always been able to dialogue properly with its workforce on every concern—labor or otherwise.”
Idinagdag ng food manufacturer na nanghingi sila ng tulong sa otoridad, maging sa tanggapan ni Sotto, para mapayapa ang mga protesta.
“This request merely fell on deaf ears, which is precisely what constrained RFC to resort to private security assistance for the sole purpose of reopening the gates of the company and resuming its usual business operations,” ayon sa kalatas.
Pinunto ng kumpanya na ang mga nagwewelga na armado ng patalim ang unang umatake sa mga security guards.
“Despite all of this, Mayor Vico still portrays RFC as an evil corporation ready to put poor and powerless people to jail. Mayor Vico deliberately overlooks that RFC is not the complainant who pressed these criminal charges, RFC did not order their arrest, and RFC did not even participate in the preliminary investigation of these individuals,” ayon sa kumpanya.
“Worse still, Mayor Vico has cast RFC as anti-labor. But, the truth is, RFC only meant to protect the rights of its non-striking employees who were prevented by the strikers from working and providing for their own families,” dagdag nito.
Iginiit naman ng RFC na “(we) will not be cowered by the mayor’s threats.”
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