Call to Action #BoycottNutriAsia Support Workers Strike!

19 NutriAsia strike workers, supporters, and journalists

On July 30th, at around 3 p.m., around 50 security guards of NutriAsia and 20 members of Duterte’s Philippine National Police in Marilao and Meycauayan violently dispersed the workers while an ecumenical mass was being held at the picketline near the factory gates. (Source: Altermediya)

We condemn the Philippine National Police’s violent dispersal of the NutriAsia Workers’ picket line in Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines which led to the injury (inc. one elderly grandmother) and the arrest of at least 19 including several workers, youth leaders,  journalists, and supporters. They were also denied access to lawyers. Those arrested included long-time community organizers from Southern California, Eric Tandoc and Hiyasmin Saturay. As of August 1st, the 19 arrested were released based on “further investigation.”

Our Demands:

    • We demand all charges to be dropped and justice for Hiyasmin Saturay, Eric Tandoc, and all those arrested at the NutriAsia picketline!

    • We call for the end of the Trump-backed Duterte regime’s union repression and union-busting tactics!

    • We call for justice for all those injured and unjustly arrested by the PNP’s violent dispersal!

    • We demand NutriAsia fulfill the demands of NutriAsia Workers to end contractualization and to regularize their workforce!

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Launch quick response protests at local Philippine Consulates

  2. Conduct public education, flyering, and outreach at local Filipino grocery stores

  3. Write public statements of solidarity and invite others to support

  4. Boycott NutriAsia Products! Conduct outreach at markets that carry NutriAsia products

  5. Donate to the workers on the picketline (food, water, rice, etc.) tinyurl.com/SupportNutriasiaStrike

  6. Host educational discussions and presentations about the NutriAsia strike:  #BoycottNutriAsia Educational Workshop

  7. Produce art, social media memes, posters, and flyers to inform the public about the workers situation in the Philippines and the need to end contractualization.

  8. Social Media Prompt: Post a video or Photo of yourself throwing away NutriAsia products because they’re trash! (see prompt instructions)
  9. Launch protests at international distributors of NutriAsia to garner widespread support and media attention (see list below)

  10. SIGN THE PETITION:  https://goo.gl/forms/sFQ4XsCVXgErDMe13

CALLS

    • Boycott NutriAsia!

    • End Contractualization Now! Regularize NutriAsia Workers!

    • End Trade Union Repression and State Violence!

MATERIALS:

  • Hashtags:  #BoycottNutriAsia  #SupportNutriAsiaWorkers  #NutriAsiaStrike

  • Tag @NutriAsia in your posts to increase public pressure

  • Download and post Selfie Signs +  Facebook Cover Photo

  • Download Flyers to handout available in English & Tagalog

BACKGROUND

NutriAsia Inc., a multi-million dollar company based in Bulacan, Philippines, manages the production of popular condiments such as Datu Puti, Mang Tomas, Jufran, Silver Swan, Golden Fiesta, Locally, and Papa.  NutriAsia is a highly profitable company earning as much as P27 million (over $500,000) per day. Joselito D. Campos Jr., the owner of NutriAsia and CEO of Del Monte Pacific, has a family net worth of $650 million (2017).  Amongst their 1,400 workers, only 100 are considered “regular” permanent employees while a vast majority of them are considered “contractual” workers–a designation that puts them in an extremely more exploitable and unstable condition.

NutriAsia workers are forced to work for P380 ($7.11 USD) a day for an 8 hour shift, but many workers face 12-16 hour long days and dangerous working conditions.  Workplace injuries have become commonplace, with temperatures reaching greater than 100°F at their work stations, while lacking proper workplace equipment to handle products over 200°F.  Many were compelled to hide their injuries at the risk of being fired.

With the support of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Workers’ Movement for Change Federation, and Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng NutriAsia (NMN), the NutriAsia workers have continued to organize for their rights and oppose state repression under the Duterte administration.  In May, NutriAsia Workers launched a picket line to oppose the layoff of 75 contract workers. As the strike continued in June, NutriAsia sent 300 Philippine National Police (PNP) officers to harass the workers and violently disperse them in an attempt to break their strike, resulting in 20 arrests and four people being hospitalized.  According to the International Trade Union Confederation, the Philippines has been considered one of the worst countries for workers in the world.

The NutriAsia workers, who were violently dispersed last month are still holding down their picketline. They are currently in dialogue with the management, but the management is pushing to continue production, which has been stopped since the strike started. If the company does not restart production in August, they won’t be able to produce enough of the products for the increasing demand for the upcoming months, especially the Christmas season.  There are growing concerns the management will send more police and state forces to violently disperse their picketline.

We call on all member organizations and concerned people worldwide to support the NutriAsia workers on strike and to widen the support for their struggle.

Sources:

Video of Arrest of Hiyas Saturay and Eric Tandoc

Altermediya Statement

Video:  Altermediya   

Bulatlat

Video:  Altermediya   

 

CALIFORNIA

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MANDALAY TRADING

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G.L. FOOD WHOLESALE

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WALONG MARKETING

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FOREMOST FOODS

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KHONG GUAN CORP

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HAWAII

FAMILY FOODS CO.

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NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

UNITED FOOD OF ASIA

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DIAGREX INTL

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GOLDEN FORTUNE

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MARYLAND

2A MARKETING CENTER

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RHEE BROS., INC.

7461 Coca-Cola Dr., Hanover MD 21076  (410) 381-9000 x1167

ILLINOIS

GOLDEN COUNTRY

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TEXAS

ITC INTERTRADE INC.

1505 Sawyer St, Unit B, Houston TX 77007  (662) 750-4111