Laid-off Jollibee workers to move protest camp to Mendiola

Workers from Jollibee Foods Corp. will be moving its protest camp to Mendiola after two weeks of holding its ‘Beehive’ in front of the company warehouse.

Struggle for regularization continues

On Monday, UM-JFC President Rogelio Magistrado slammed the Jollibee Foods Corporation over its refusal to comply to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) order to regularize its contractual workers.

The Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) placed first on the list of companies practicing Labor-Only Contracting, according to DOLE.

“Hanggang ngayon, nananatiling matatag ang mga manggagawa, sapagkat tayo ay naniniwala na tayo ay nasa tamang katuwiran. Nananatiling matigas si Tan Caktiong hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin niya ibinabalik sa trabaho ang mga manggagawang tinanggal. Nagpapasok pa siya ng dalawa pang ahensya kapalit ng mga tinanggal niyang manggagawa,” said Magistrado.

[“Until now, the workers are firm with their resolve, because we believe that we are right in our struggle. Until now, Tan Caktiong remains unflinching, as he still has not allowed the laid-off workers to return. Instead, he employed two new agencies to replace for his dismissal of his workers,” said Magistrado]

JFC’s camp has yet to release a statement with regards to its ongoing labor dispute, even after the campaign’s traction online and on ground.

According to UM-JFC, JFC’s refusal to comply with  DOLE’s order will only push the laid-off workers to continue their fight for regularization as they are set  to temporarily move the Beehive Protest Camp at the foot of Malacañang in Mendiola, Manila.

“Dadalhin na natin ang ating laban sa paanan ng Malacañang, sa tarangkahan ng Mendiola, kasama ng iba pang unyon ng mga mangaggawa at iba pang mga sumusuportang sektor ng lipunan sa Kampuhan Kontra Kontraktwalisasyon upang ipanawagan ang ating kampanya na wakasan na ang kontraktwalisasyon,” Magistrado added.

[“We will carry our fight at the foot of Malacañang, at the gates of Mendiola, along with other workers’ unions and sectors supporting our struggle, to the Kampuhan Kontra Kontraktwalisasyon to campaign for the end of contractualization,” Magistrado added.]

Kampuhan Kontra Kontraktwalisasyon

The Kampuhan Kontra Kontraktwalisasyon (KKK), first launched in 2017, is a week-long picket protest organized by Kilusang Mayo Uno – Metro Manila (KMU-MM).

Workers coming from different areas in Metro Manila as well as from other regions convene at Mendiola to campaign for the end of contractualization, regular jobs, and livable wage, among others.

KKK is set to begin on Wednesday, July 18 until Sunday, July 22 as part of KMU-MM’s buildup protest for the upcoming People’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), which is slated to happen on July 23, Monday.

 

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