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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, February 10, 2018
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Gov't intervention
urged on Coke layoff

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines vice president Roland de la Cruz said he has appealed to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to give immediate attention to the plight of more than 600 workers of Coca Cola FEMSA facing imminent danger of losing their jobs, with around 100 of them coming from Bacolod and Iloilo.

In a press release, de la Cruz, who is the national president of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines, said Bello should take urgent attention on the looming employment crisis in the Coca Cola FEMSA.

“I requested for immediate government intervention to avert such catastrophic scenario of which the labor secretary gave his assurance,” de la Cruz added in the press release.

The group also expressed its disappointment after President Rodrigo Duterte did not sign an executive order to end contractualization, as what he had promised in the past.

“We felt that the workers are just being played. It has been almost two years and three meetings yet nothing happened. The labor sector was serious in its commitment to submit a draft executive order but the government failed to do its part of the bargain, by approving the same. In fact, the submitted executive order was watered down by DOLE from the original proposal submitted by the labor sector. We are very disappointed,” de la Cruz added in the press release.*


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