Nestle: There is blood in your coffee

Picket at the Nestle office in Austria

Picket at the Nestle office in New Zealand

 

June 21, 2009

 

 

   
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Photos courtesy of Philippine Solidarity and Friendship Group (PSFG) in Austria

Picket at the Vienna Office

           
     

 

Press Statement
Vienna, 20 June

The newly organized Philippine Solidarity and Friendship Group (PSFG) in Austria successfully held a picket in solidarity with the Nestle workers, Philippines. More than 30 activists joined the 2-hour picket infront the office of Nestle, Margarethengurtel/Emil-KralikG, last Thursday, 18 June 2009, 5-7pm. Please see

http://pinas-first.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=189&Itemid=206


During the picket, a program was held and a statement distributed appealing for:

Nestle Management to return to the negotiating table and resume CBA negotiation with the Union, especially on the issue of retirement benefits, and

United Nations Commission on HR to send representative(s) to the Philippines and/or ask the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines to conduct a thorough investigation of the human rights violations i.e., killing of Diosdado "Fort" Fortuna, and other related human rights issues.

The statement circulated during the picket noted that “Nestle Philippines since 1991 continuously refusing to bargain with Union of Filipro Employess/Drug, Food & Allied Workers Federation/ Kilusang Mayo Uno (UFE/DFA/KMU) on Retirement Plan issue alleging that this is their own (Nestle) prerogatives. However in its decisions, the NLRC (1991),the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court (August 2006) consistently and firmly resolved and now (March 2009) with finality ordering Nestle to negotiate with the Union on the said issue.”

The statement said that “the workers and their union launched on January 14, 2002 an arduous strike that has lasted up to the present because the Nestle Management continues to disregard the above rulings and directives and relevant international agreements.“ (Petition-Appeal for Justice "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits" Exodus 23:6 )

Furthermore, “Nestlé uses all state instruments such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), the MTC-Cabuyao (Municipal Trial Court) and RTC-Binan (Regional Trial Court), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), with the blessings of a Philippine president who continuously clings to power .... This repression has directly and indirectly resulted in 23 strike-related deaths, including union leader Diosdado “Ka Fort” Fortuna, who was assassinated on his way home from a picket line on September 22, 2005. To date, not a single perpetrator has been apprehended for these murders.“ (Nestlé abusing workers’ rights in the Philippines - and ignoring Supreme Court rulings, February 2009).

The Solidarity Group is further advancing its campaign thru petition appeal for justice for the struggling 600 Nestle workers in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines. The appeal can be signed in http://pinas-first.com/phpPETITION/index.php

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For Reference:
Philippinen-Komitee, c/o Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, A 1070 Wien
c/o Manuel Sarmiento
Tel #+43 699 122 778 35

 

 
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Photos courtesy of Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS)

Protest action at the Nestle Head office, New Zealand

     
     
     

 

PRESS RELEASE
6 March 2009

THERE’S BLOOD IN YOUR COFFEE: New Zealanders Demand Justice
for Nestlé Philippines Workers, Dismissal of False Charges against Union Lawyer

A New Zealand-based group of trade union and human rights advocates will hold a protest action today 6th March, 2pm at the Nestle Head office Nestlé Head Office, 1 Broadway, Newmarket to make New Zealanders aware of Filipino workers’ cry “There's Blood in Your Coffee, Nestlé Kills Workers."

Luke Coxon, Spokesperson of Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS), explains, “Nestlé workers in the Philippines under the United Filipino Employees-Drug Food and Allied Industries -Kilusang Mayo Uno (UFE-DFA-KMU) have been on strike since January 14, 2002 for their right to retirement benefits. To this day, Nestlé refuses to include the workers’ retirement benefits in the collective bargaining negotiation despite a Supreme Court ruling ordering them to negotiate. The strike has both directly and indirectly resulted in the deaths of 23 union members, including union president Diosdado Fortuna, who was assassinated on his way home from the picket line on September 22, 2005, his predecessor Meliton Roxas was also murdered and the current leadership continue to live in fear of their lives.”

“We salute the perseverance of Nestlé workers and we support their demands for justice. Even though their struggle has been long and difficult, their determination in fighting for what is right and just, is an inspiration to workers in New Zealand and everywhere. Today we also support protests in the Philippines demanding dismissal of another false murder charge against Nestlé union lawyer Remigio Saladero and others,” APS stated.

Three months ago Nestlé union lawyer Saladero was unjustly imprisoned on fabricated charges of multiple murder and attempted murder. He and other activists are facing a new trumped-up murder charge barely a week after the court ordered their release on 6th February 2009.

Nestlé was cited in Human Rights Day 2008 as the “Worst Company for Union Organizing” by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) which noted its gross violations of workers’ rights in the Philippines, Colombia, Peru, Russia and Pakistan. Despite the 1991 and 2006 rulings of the Supreme Court of the Philippines ordering management to include the retirement benefits in collective bargaining agreement, Nestlé deliberately ignored the court's orders.

Today marks one year of the brutal dispersal of Nestlé workers by elements of the Manila Police District (MPD) in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) main office in Intramuros, Manila. Nestlé workers and supporters in the Philippines are going to have a protest action in front of Nestlé Cabuyao Plant to condemn business giant, brutal police, inutile labor department and all agencies of the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime that denied justice to hundreds of Nestlé workers and their families. To date, not a single perpetrator has been apprehended for the assassinations, in spite of strong indications that they were the handiwork of the police, military or their agents. #

Reference:
Luke Coxon
Spokesperson, Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS)
email: philippinessolidarity@gmail.com
 

     
     
     
           
     
     
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