A workers' group urged the management of Coca-Cola FEMSA in Bacolod City to follow the Collective Bargaining Agreement procedures before implementing the laying off of 50 sales agents of the company.
Benjie dela Cruz, president of the Congress of Independent Organization, a union of workers in Coca-Cola, said the laying off of 50 agents cannot be done without discussions and dialogs between the employees' group and the management, as stated under the CBA.
CIO, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, held a protest yesterday in front of the Coca-Cola plant at the Murcia-Mansilingan Road in Bacolod City, that was participated in by about 200 members of the union.
“The process of the management was unfair as it directly gave notice of termination to the employees without going through the process stipulated in the CBA,” dela Cruz said in an interview yesterday.
He said there are 600 workers nationwide who will be laid off by Coca-Cola, 50 of them sales agents at the Bacolod plant. It will take effect on Feb. 28, he added.
Dela Cruz also said that the laying off of 50 workers has no basis, and it is malicious as seven of them are officers of the workers' union in the company.
“These employees subject to termination are religiously doing their jobs daily. Their termination has no valid basis,” he said.
The protest is also simultaneous with other Coca-Cola offices nationwide, and future activities of TUCP concerning the termination of employees will be planned, dela Cruz said.
He added that their complaint has also been submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment. *MLG
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