Reinstate 24 illegally dismissed union leaders of NXP Semiconductors:
Protest marches and rallies against union-busting
and for higher wages and regular employment

 

May 13, 27, 2014I

 

Laguna and Manila

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Bulatlat: Thousand NXP workers protest union leaders’ illegal termination
Bulatlat: Union leaders go bald to protest illegal dismissal
Bulatlat: Labor dept’s complicity in union busting denounced

 
 
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Itigil ang Union Busting! Kundenahin ang Pagtatanggal sa 24 na Manggagawa sa NXP!
 

Mariing kinukundena ng Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan – Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU) ang iligal na pagtatanggal sa trabaho ng 24 na lider ng unyon sa NXP Semiconductors Inc. (NXPI) sa Light Industry and Science Park I (LISP I) sa Cabuyao, Laguna.

Ayon sa isang memo mula sa management na ibinigay noong ika-5 ng Mayo, tinatanggal ang 24 na opisyales ng NXP Semiconductors Inc. Workers Union (NXPSCIWU-NAFLU-KMU) dahil umano sa sadyang paglahok ng mga ito sa isang iligal na welga. Nagbuhat ito sa hindi pagpasok sa trabaho at pagtanggi na mag-overtime ng mga manggagawa sa mga nagdaang petsang Abril 9, 17, 18, at Mayo 1 – mga deklaradong non-working holidays, na siya ring kinikilala sa existing CBA ng unyon bilang mga holiday.

Kasalukuyang nakabinbin ang negosasyon sa pagitan ng management ng NXP at pamunuan ng NXPSCIWU-NAFLU-KMU hinggil sa Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Mayroong 2 mayor na ekonomiko at di-ekonomikong probisyon sa usapang ito; una, sa 8% pagtaas ng sahod na hiling ng mga manggagawa ngunit pagbabarat na pangontra rito ng management ang 3.5% pagtataas, at ikalawa, ang inihahain ng unyon na pagreregularisa ng mga kontraktwal na mga manggagawa, na mariing tinututulan ng kapitalistang NXP.

Tuluy-tuloy na Harrassment sa Hanay ng mga Manggagawa

Hindi pa nagkasya ang kapitalista sa iligal na pagtatanggal sa trabaho ng 24 na opisyal ng unyon, kabi-kabilang panunupil at pananakot ang nararanasan ng mga manggagawa ng NXP mula sa management.

NXP01Sa pamamagitan ng mga bayarang security guards, hinaharangan ang pintuan ng mga service bus para hindi makababa ang mga manggagawa mula sa pabrika para makadalo sa mga inilulunsad na pagkilos sa labas ng engklabo. Madalas napipilitan ang mga manggagawa na tumalon sa mga bintana ng bus upang makababa at makalahok sa pagkilos.

Tuwing umaga, buhat nang tanggalin ang 24 na lider ng unyon, umaakyat ang mga pulis ng Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) sa mga service bus upang, gamit ang mga litrato, tiyaking hindi nakasakay rito ang 24 na opisyales ng unyon.

Sa pinagsamang lakas ng management ng NXP, LISP I, at pulisya, mayroong idine-deploy na mga emergency response personnel, pulis, at trak ng bumbero sa mga mapayapang pagkilos na isinasagawa ng mga manggagawa. Kasabay ng mga ito ang mahigpit na pagbababala ng management ng NXP sa mga manggagawa na tatanggalin ang sinumang sasama at lalahok sa mga pagkilos.

Maging ang abogado ng 24 na manggagawang iligal na tinanggal na si Atty. Remigio “Meng” Saladero, nakararanas ng pagbabanta at harrassment mula sa management ng NXP para bitiwan ang laban ng mga manggagawa.

Papatinding Hagupit ng mga Kapitalista sa TK

Mula Pebrero ng taong ito, sunud-sunod ang mga iligal na pagsasara at malawakang tanggalan sa mga pagawaan. Nariyan ang iligal at biglaang pagsasara ng Carina Apparel Inc. na may 3600 manggagawa, at Freshtex Philippines na may ilandaang manggagawa, at ang malawakang tanggalan ng libu-libong manggagawa sa Hoya Glass Disk Philippines.

NXP02Isa ang NXP sa mga pinaka-malalaking pagawaan ng electronics sa rehiyon ng Timog Katagalugan. Pangunahing nililikha rito ang mga sensor, audio amplifier, microchips, at marami pang ibang bahagi ng mga mamahaling gadgets. Bukod sa milyun-milyong dolyar na netong tubo na nakukuha nito taun-taon, patuloy ang paglaki ng halaga ng sapi (stocks) nito sa merkado dahil sa papalawak na produksyon sa aktwal na paggawa at sa pamumuhunan sa financial market.

Sa loob ng mahigit 3 dekadang pagkakatatag ng unyon ng manggagawa sa NXP na dumaan sa marami nang negosasyon sa CBA, mapapansing sa negosasyon ngayong taon, tahasang gumawa ng hakbangin ang kapitalistang NXP para hindi ito maituloy at maipagtagumpay ng mga manggagawa. Sa pagnanais na mas mapalaki pa ang kita ng kapitalistang NXP, malinaw na pagdurog sa isang Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent (SEBA) ang isa sa mga pangunahing dahilan ng pagtatanggal nito sa 24 na opisyales ng unyon, upang mawalan ng pangunahing tagapagtaguyod ng interes ng mga manggagawa.

Sa lahat ng mga kaganapang may kaugnayan sa pagdurog sa unyon, pangunahing nagiging katuwang ng mga kapitalista ang Department of Labor and Employment. DoLE ang takbuhan ng mga kapitalista upang pagmukhaing ligal ang mga anti-manggagawang polisiya at hakbanging ipinatutupad nila sa kani-kanilang mga kumpanya.

Dahil sa tuluy-tuloy at tumitinding represyon sa sektor ng paggawa, dumarami ang bilang ng mga manggagawang nagnanais na ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan sa sahod, trabaho, at makataong pamumuhay. Mula sa nakaraang taon hanggang sa kasalukuyan, sunud-sunod ang pagtatayo ng mga tunay, palaban, at makabayang unyon (TPMU) sa iba’t ibang kumpanya sa rehiyon katulad ng Philippine Auto Components, Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc., Lamcor Phils., Technol Eight Philippines, Hoya Glass Disk Philippines, Sun Logistics, MME Technologies, at Fuji Electric. Bukod pa rito ang matatagumpay na paglulunsad ng mga CBA sa iba’t ibang kumpanyang may TPMU, at ang makasaysayang pagtatagumpay ng laban ng unyon sa Coca Cola para sa regularisasyon ng lahat ng kanilang kontraktwal na manggagawa.

Naniniwala ang PAMANTIK-KMU na tumitindi ang pangamba at takot ng mga kapitalista sa rehiyon dahil sa papalaki at paparaming bilang ng mga manggagawang namumulat at nakikipaglaban. Ito ang pinagmumulan ng kapitalistang NXP sa tahasang pagdurog nito sa unyon ng manggagawa, sa takot nitong maipagtagumpay rin ang laban para sa mas mataas pang sahod at pagreregularisa sa libu-libong bilang ng mga manggagawang kontraktwal.

Sa panahong sunud-sunod ang pagbubuo ng mga samahan at unyong pang-manggagawa sa rehiyon, anuman ang gawing hakbangin ng mga kapitalista at lokal na gobyerno para pahinain ang lakas at pagkakaisa ng mga manggagawa, magpapatuloy at ibayong patataasin ng mga manggagawa ang pakikibaka para sa kanilang karapatan. Ngayon ang panahon ng hindi magagaping pag-aaklas ng manggagawa tungo sa kabi-kabilang mga welgang bayan na lalahukan ng iba’t ibang manggagawa sa rehiyon na magpapabagsak sa isang sistemang maka-dayuhan at kapital.

Ibalik ang 24 na manggagawang tinanggal!
CBA ng NXP, ituloy, huwag baratin!
Manggagawang kontraktwal, gawing regular!

 

     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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PH workers lead intl protests for sacked electronics workers
26-May-2014

Workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno headed international protests today for the reinstatement of 24 union officers who were illegally dismissed, as part of moves to bust the militant union, by NXP Semiconductors Cabuyao, Inc., one of the biggest electronics firms in the country.

Leading today’s Global Day of Action against union-busting and for higher wages and regular employment, KMU picketed the Philippine Economic Zone Authority’s main office in Pasay City and then held a caravan to Cabuyao, Laguna to hold a picket in front of the Light Industry and Science Park 1.

PEZA has jurisdiction over LISP 1, where NXPSCI -- which dismissed union officials last May 5 after refusing to heed workers’ demands for a significant wage hike and regularization of contractuals in negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement -- is located.

“Anger over the NXPSCI’s moves to bust the workers’ union and deny workers a significant wage hike and regular employment is spreading across the globe. Workers’ and pro-worker organizations in the country and abroad say to NXP: reinstate the 24 union leaders and resume CBA negotiations now,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

In Cabuyao, the protesters joined forces with the workers of Carina Apparel Incorporated, which illegally terminated 3,600 workers last February, and of Hoya Glass Disk Philippines, which illegally terminated 2,600 workers last April, at a rally condemning the companies’ union-busting drives.

“Today’s Global Day of Action should serve as a warning to NXPSCI and to NXP’s international headquarters. Workers and peoples of many countries will not condone NXP’s violations of workers’ rights and are ready to take action against the electronics giant,” said Reden Alcantara, president of the NXPSCI Workers’ Union and one of the union leaders who were illegally dismissed.

Among the organizations outside the Philippines which participated in the Global Day of Action is the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union or AMWU, which picketed NXP’s office in Melbourne.

Since last week, five K-9 units and numerous policemen have been deployed at the NXPSCI, military men have been seen in communities near LISP1, and an electric fence has been erected around the NXPSCI compound.

“If NXPSCI and PEZA think that they can cow workers into submission, then they are grossly mistaken. We vow to intensify our fight until our just demands for an end to union-busting, for a significant wage hike and for regular employment, are met,” Labog added.

The Global Day of Action has a pronounced social media component which called on social media users to “Protest. Picket. Write. Post. Shoot. Share” and employed the hashtags #NXPWorkersFight and #BringBackNXP24.

Reference Person: Reden Alcantara, NXPSCI-WU president
Campaign: Support the Workers of NXP
Contact information: 0928-2482211

 

     
     
           
     
     
     
 
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PAHAYAG NG PAKIISA NG EBARA BENGUET INC. EMPLOYEES UNION SA MGA MANGGAGAWA NG HOYA, CARINA AT NXP

PAHAYAG NG PAKIKIISA SA MGA MANGGAGAWA NG CARINA, HOYA AT NXP

Carina Apparel, Hoya Glass Disk at NXP, tatlong malalaking kompanya na may libong manggagawa na sunud-sunod na naging mainit na tampok sa hanay ng kilusang paggawa dahil sa ipinatupad nitong mga ilegal na hakbang laban sa kanilang mga manggagawa.
 

Matatandaan na noong Ika-14 ng Pebrero taong kasalukuyan, 3,600 na manggagawa mula sa Carina apparel ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay dahil sa ilegal na pagsasara nito sa kabila ng milyon-milyon nitong tinutubo. Pangunahing kasabwat ng mga kapitalista sa ganitong hakbangin ay ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Hinayaan lamang nito ang ilegal na pagsasara ng Carina at pinayuhan ang mga manggagawa na tanggapin na lamang ang financial assistance at pinag-aapply na lamang sa iba ang mga nawalan ng trabaho, hindi makatarungan ang gawaing ito na matapos payamanin ng mga manggagawa ang kapitalista ay basta na lamang ito tatanggalan ng ikinabunuhay.
 

Noong ika-30 ng abril, 2,600 na manggagawa mula sa Hoya Glass Disk ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay ng biglaang magdeklara ng "cessation/shutdown" ang kapitalista na syang ginagamit na dahilan para ihinto ang operasyon ng kumpanya, ngunit malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw ang katotohanan kung bakit ito nagdeklara ng pansamantalang paghinto ng operasyon, layunin nitong durugin ang karerehistro pa lamang na UNYON, nabigla man ang mga manggagawa sa marahas na hakbang ng kapitalista nananatiling matatag at may kahandaan ang mga manggagawa ng Hoya kaya agad din silang nakapaglunsad ng mga pagkilos partikular sa rehiyon ng Timog Katagalugan upang kundenahin ang ilegal na hakbang ng kapitalista.
 

Makalipas ang 5 araw, May 5, 2014 ng ilegal na tanggalin ang 24 na opisyales ng NXP, kinasuhan sila ng "ILLEGAL STRIKE" ng kapitalista dahil sa hindi pagpasok noong April 9, 17 at 18 na pawang mga legal holiday. Maliwanag ang layunin ng kapitalista na durugin ang unyon na mahigit 3 dekada nang nakatayo sa NXP, kaya naman sunud-sunod din ang mga pagkilos upang kundenahin ang ginagawa ng kapitalistang NXP.

Mariin naming kinukundena at tinututulan ang ilegal na hakbang na ito ng tatlong kapitalista, dahil ito ay malinaw na pagyurak sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa na makapagtayo ng organisasyon at sama-samang pakikipagtawaran para kamtin ang nakabubuhay na sahod para sa mga manggagawa at sa kanilang pamilya

Kaya naman ang mga manggagawa ng F.tech Phils. sa ilalim ng Nagkakaisang Lakas Manggagawa sa Ftech ay nagpapaabot ng pakikiisa sa pagkilos na ilulunsad ng mga manggagawa ng Carina, Hoya at Nxp at sa lahat ng mga pagkilos na ilulunsad ay makakaasa kayo ng aming pakikiisa sa patuloy na paglaban sa ilegal na gawain ng kapitalista hanggang sa makamit natin ang tagumpay.

IBALIK ANG MGA MANGGAGAWANG ILEGAL NA TINANGGAL!!! INORMALISA ANG OPERASYON SA CARINA AT HOYA!!!

(NLMF-OLALIA-KMU) Komite Sa Propaganda(MAYO 24, 2014)

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Hundreds of workers from Carina Apparel, Hoya Glass Disk, NXP Semiconductors held Big3 mobilization in different government agencies
May 27, 2014

Press Release
PAMANTIK-KMU

Metro Manila – Workers from 3 of the biggest companies in Southern Tagalog stormed different government agencies today, May 27.

Big3_02Some 200 Southern Tagalog workers, through the initiative of Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan – Kilusang Mayo Uno (Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog – May First Movement), rallied various government offices to condemn the extensive connivance of local and international government units with the Big 3 capitalists regarding successive illegal closures and dismissals.

At about 6 in the morning, these workers from Carina Apparel, Inc., Hoya Glass Disk Philippines, and NXP Semiconductors Inc., assembled at the picket line of PhilSteel Workers Union – OLALIA – KMU in Cabuyao, Laguna.

Workers and trade union supporters surged the national offices of the Japanese Embassy, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

In front the PEZA, workers from the Big3 union busting companies, burned a replica of the PEZA building to show their gravest disgust on the agency. PEZA and DoLE are the biggest backers of the Big3 union busters in implementing anti-worker policies and the destroying of workers unions.

Big3_01Carina Apparel Inc. illegally closed last February 14 leaving 3,600 workers unpaid and jobless. Hoya Glass Disk Philippines, 6 days after the workers union was registered and a day before the International Labor Day, illegally closed and forced workers into their separation payments, 2,600 workers are then left with no jobs. Meanwhile in NXP Semiconductors Inc., 24 union leaders were illegally dismissed from work due to ‘illegal strike.’

Both Carina Apparel Inc. and NXP Semiconductors Inc. before the tragic events are scheduled to have their Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations with the workers unions. Whilst in Hoya Glass Disk, workers learned that the management filed for a ‘notice of cessation from operations’ and not a ‘notice of closure,’ contract agencies are now hiring contract workers for the reopening of Hoya.

“These anti-worker measures by the capitalists Carina, Hoya, and NXP are clear evidences of blatant union busting and retraction from the CBA negotiations. The workers plea for a living wage and regularization from work, the capitalists won’t agree and made irrational actions to stop the workers from fighting for their rights.” Hermie Marasigan, PAMANTIK spokesperson, said.
Big3_04Workers and their supporters from ST also stormed the US Embassy and House of Representatives to impart their highest opposition against the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and impeding Charter Change. The workers believe that the EDCA and ChaCha will lead to further vulnerability from wars not favor to the Philippines and to legality of 100% foreign monocapitalists invasion on the different industries in the country.

Big3_03“This Big3 mobilization leads-off to series of mobilizations against the Big3 union busters. From Southern Tagalog to the National Capital Region, more and more workers will join different activities, from mass actions to national strikes to end trade union repression. Our fight against trade union repression in ST does not end here – until there is a puppet government to the imperialist US and foreign monocapitalists, workers will struggle and triumph for national democracy and industriaization.” Ended Marasigan. ###

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Workers question spike in Baldoz’s wealth
30-May-2014

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno questioned today the spike in Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz’s net worth, which is the highest among government secretaries, claiming she may have increased wealth by keeping labor in the country cheap and workers poor.

The labor group said the 45.7 per cent increase in Baldoz’s wealth, according to her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN, from P2.99 million in 2012 to P4.35 million in 2013 may have come from big capitalists who benefit from the policies she implements.

“The increase in Baldoz’s wealth is not surprising, but is still revolting for workers. We have every reason to suspect that she was able to increase her net worth by aiding big capitalists increase their already huge profits,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

The labor leader said big capitalists could only be very happy with Baldoz’s reign at the Department of Labor and Employment:

The department’s thrust of “job generation” has been changed into “job facilitation.”
Wages have been pressed down by the government’s rejection of calls for a significant wage hike and implementation of meager wage adjustments.
The Two-Tiered Wage System which cuts and freezes wages has been implemented, and plans to eliminate the minimum wage are afoot.
Contractual employment continues to be legalized despite the government’s claim that it will regularize contractuals.
Capitalists have been allowed to illegally dismiss workers who are trying to form unions.
Major labor disputes, starting from that in the Philippine Airlines, have been resolved in favor of big capitalists.
“Like Noynoy Aquino, Baldoz has not done anything good for workers. Like Noynoy Aquino, she’s all lies and optimistic projections. And like Noynoy Aquino, she deserves to be removed from her post,” Soluta added.

The labor leader said workers have branded Baldoz “Baldozer (bulldozer) of workers’ rights” since she presided over the retrenchment of 2,600 PAL workers so their positions can be contractualized.

He added that workers, drawing from the colloquial Filipino expression “makapal ang mukha (thick-faced),” has likened Baldoz’s face to “Baldoza,” which means floor tiles, in describing her ability to lie through her teeth.

Reference Person: Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general
Contact information: 0928-7215313

     
           
     
     
     

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ITUC correct, PH one of the worst countries for workers – KMU
30-May-2014

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said today that the International Trade Union Confederation’s report is correct in saying that the Philippines is one of the worst countries in the world for workers, claiming Filipino workers’ rights to form unions, collectively bargain, and hold strikes have been severely attacked.

The labor group said ITUC’s Global Rights Index -- which covers the period from April 2013 to March 2014, ranks countries from 1 (best) to 5 (worst), and gave the Philippines a grade of five, touches base with the reality experienced by workers more than the statements made by the Aquino government and big capitalists.

“The attacks made by the government, especially that of Aquino’s, on workers’ rights to form unions, collectively bargain and hold strikes have made the Philippines one of the worst countries for workers. Without these rights, workers are practically at the mercy of capitalists,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

The labor leader said that many workers who try to form unions are simply dismissed from work, that capitalists work to undermine the few collective bargaining negotiations that exist, and that the government attacks workers’ strikes.

“The government has also made it more difficult to form unions by promoting contractual employment. Contractuals find it more difficult to form unions because they can be dismissed from work any time,” Soluta added.

KMU has been calling for the passage of the Regular Employment Bill, or House Bill 4396, which was filed by Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi de Jesus and seeks to make contractual employment superfluous.

“Big capitalists’ pronouncements attacking the ITUC’s report only highlight their resolve to violate workers’ basic trade-union rights. They are lying in saying that they are observing rigid laws that protect workers,” Soluta stated.

The labor leader was referring to Edgardo Lacson, Employers Confederation of the Philippines’ president, who said that the ITUC’s assessment is unfair because not all workers have left the country to work abroad.

The labor leader also pointed to the power of the Labor Secretary to assume jurisdiction over strikes and other labor disputes, which is contained in the Labor Code and orders workers to go back to work and avoid actions that may aggravate disputes, or face dismissal and criminal charges.

Soluta said the power to assume jurisdiction over strikes and labor disputes authorizes the Labor Secretary to bring the police and the military over to the workplace, which in the case of the strike in Hacienda Luisita in 2004 resulted in the November 16 massacre.

Reference Person: Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general
Contact information: 0928-7215313

     
           
     
     
     

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After CBCP, workers give Noynoy a failing grade
29-May-2014

Responding to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ failing grade for Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s performance, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said that workers are also giving the chief executive a failing grade for presiding over the worsening of poverty among the majority of Filipinos.

The labor group expressed agreement with CBCP Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs chair and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo who gave Aquino a grade of three out of 10 on the basis of his government’s performance on the economy, housing, land reform and corruption.

KMU said that after almost four years in office, Aquino worsened starvation wages, promoted contractual employment and instigated union busting while failing to generate jobs and allowing increases in the prices of basic commodities and payments for basic services.

“Workers agree with the CBCP in saying that Aquino deserves a failing grade, especially in relation to the worsening plight of the country’s poor. We are glad that leaders of the Catholic Church are using the situation of the country’s majority as yardstick in grading Aquino’s performance,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson.

The labor leader said CBCP president and Cebu archbishop Jose Palma’s appeal to Aquino to tell the truth in his State of the Nation Address on July 21 shows that the chief executive’s boasts about the 7.8 per cent growth in the country’s Gross Domestic Product fail to convince Filipinos.

“Aquino cannot fool Filipinos, especially with regard to the real state of the economy, which we feel in our stomachs. His lies only further anger workers and the poor and show his arrogance in believing that he can go through his term by lying to Filipinos,” Ustarez stated.

He said organizations of workers and the poor have not been remiss in making their demands – such as a significant wage hike, the criminalization of contractualization, and respect for workers’ right to unionize – known to the president.

“Aquino will only get a high grade from the US, from big foreign and local capitalists, and from big hacienderos who are his true bosses. He will get an even higher grade from his KKK – Kapamilya, Kaklase, Kaibigan,” added Ustarez.

Ustarez also said that a growing number of workers and Filipinos see Aquino as similar to previous presidents, are getting angry at him, and are now wishing to see him ousted for his crimes against workers and the poor.

Reference Person: Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chair,
Contact information: 0908-6491992

     
           
           
           

 

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