Triumph Workers Picket & livelihood for the
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Tanggol Kabuhayan Pilipinas URGENT APPEAL OF THE DISPLACED WORKERS OF
TRIUMPH INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES
We, the workers of Triumph International Philippines under the leadership
of Bagong Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Triumph International -
Independent or New Unity of Workers in Triumph International and Defend
Job Philippines, strongly denounce and resist the injustice that was
deliberately and spitefully committed to us by Triumph International
We deem that the closure of Triumph International Philippines (June 27,
2009) which resulted to the lay-off of more than 1663 workers is uncalled,
unjust and inhumane. The management’s reason for closing the company in
the Philippines is unfounded and unacceptable: that the management had to
implement a global restructuring program to keep its business healthy
amidst global recession and downturn of demand.
We stand firm that the closure is anti-worker, unjust and inhumane and
The company is not losing its business. In fact, Triumph International
boasts in their official website the total revenue of $1.6 billion
annually. It is still the number one lingerie company in the world. In the
Philippines, the company sold P1.2 billion worth of underwear products in
2007 and the company’s asset grows from P189.8 million in 1989 to P745
million in 2007. For every bra we made is being sold in Europe for 35-40
euro while a Triumph worker only earns 7-10 euro a day. 10 000 pieces of
bra and panty are produced everyday in the factory.
Triumph has closed the factory without prior notice and job saving
measures to the workers giving us no single minute to prepare. It has
deliberately violated our laws and international labor standards.
Triumph is also in bad faith when it concluded a successful Collective
Bargaining Agreement with our union last December 2008 which is only 6
months before the closure.
Despite company’s open declaration of closure, the management still
operates its Sales and Marketing Department, maintained 142 personnel and
will also hire another 128 personnel. Right now, we are conducting further
investigation on the reopening of Triumph in one of the International
Industrial Park in Laguna and also their subcontract operations.
The Management of Triumph International has easily forgotten that the
fruits of our labor have contributed to the overall success of the
company. From a small bamboo walled factory in 1975 to more than 1 hectare
concrete factory at present, we have joined and served the company for
more than 30 years. Amidst crisis and prosperity, we have vitally and
faithfully wielded our strength, wisdom, creativity for the best interest
and satisfaction of Triumph International and our beloved consumers.
We condemn the destructive effect of the Global Restructuring Program or
the Global Cost Cutting Program of the German Multi-National Company. At
the expense for the cheapest labor, it has also retrenched our fellow
workers in Thailand (1,959 workers), UK (65) and South Korea and recently
announce lay off of 200 workers in Austria on October 31, 2010 and will
close production in Malaysia this year. Barely, it has displaced the lives
of the workers and our families.
We firmly believe that the closure of Triumph in the Philippines is a part
of the grand plan under the Global Restructuring Program to bust the
Bagong Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Triumph International - Independent
and other unions in other countries with the aim of achieving greatest
profit through cheapest and docile labor.
Triumph International Philippines has never ceased to violate workers
rights ever since the 80’s. Now, the management of Triumph International
in the Philippines delivers its worst attack against workers’ rights;
massively retrenching the workers in the guise of ‘closing’ the company.
Our genuine and democratic union unwaveringly and militantly fights for
our best interests and welfare. And it is very clear that the company
wanted to take back all the hard won victories in the collective
bargaining agreements and most of all from our collective actions against
unfair labor practices.
We are saddened and disappointed that Triumph International does not
practice what it preaches. The Triumph Success Stories that states: “Then
as now, the philosophy of the company focuses on its people. We condemn
and abhor any kind of discrimination on the grounds of sex, nationality,
race or religion, and we are committed to observing international human
rights statutes both within our own production operations and in all
suppliers to Triumph International.” And in Triumph International Code of
Conduct “Discrimination is forbidden. All employees are exclusively
employed on the basis of their ability and suitability. Any kind of
different treatment or discrimination of persons because of their descent,
colour, religion, nationality, origin, political or union involvement or
employment or because of sex or age has to cease.” (ILO-Agreement 100 and
We also believe that Triumph has breached the Organization of Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multi-National
Corporations on Business Conduct.
We condemn the connivance of the Philippine Government under President
Arroyo through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary
Marianito Roque and Triumph International. While it is the responsibility
of the state to uphold our rights to job security and decent wages, the
DOLE has given license to the management to retrench workers and to full
protection of the law.
We denounce and call to stop the repression of our right to stage picket,
criminalization of our collective action and demolition of our picketline.
The company has used goons and Food Terminal Inc. Security Guards to
destroy and suppress our makeshift tents and picket on March and May of
2009 and on May 4, 2010. The government controlled Food Terminal
Incorporated has filed a civil case against us ordering us to leave and
vacate our picketline and demanding millions of pesos from us as payment
We call to the new administration of the Department of Labor and
Employment and President Aquino to act in favor of the workers and also
support our demand to acquire the Triumph factory and let the workers
operate it to generate employment for the displaced workers in the midst
of the crisis.
We call to everyone to support our case “On unjust lay-off in the
Philippines and Thailand” against Triumph International at the Swiss
National Contact Point of Organization of Economic Cooperation and
Development and also the investigation being conducted by the German
Parliament to the behaviour of Triumph and trade union repression in the
Send letters of appeal to:
Swiss National Contact Point of Organization of Economic Cooperation and
Committee on Human Rights
German Parliament- DIE LINKE
Annette Groth, MdB
Triumph International global headquarters:
President Benigno Aquino III
Hon. Jinggoy Estrada, Head, Labor Committee
Department Of Labor And Employment
Hon. Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz
German Embassy Manila
P.O. Box 2190, Makati CPO
Makati City, 1261 Metro Manila, Philippines
Food Terminal Incorporated
President Maria Theresa A. Pinto