Support the strike of Tanduay workers
in Cabuyao, Laguna!
Fight for the regularization of 397 contractuals!
Starting May 18, 2015, workers from the Tanduay Distillers Inc. in
Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines are on strike for their regular jobs and just
Three hundred and ninety-seven workers, or 90% of its total workforce,
have been working as contractual workers for 5 to 11 years now – with a
meager wage of P315 (set to be lowered to P255 because of the Two-Tiered
Wage System), no benefits (medical, sick leave, vacation leave or even
bonuses), and no job security (they can be dismissed by the company
This is ironic since Lucio Tan, primary owner of Tanduay, is listed on
2014 as Forbes Magazine’s 2nd Richest Filipino with a net worth of $6.1
billion or P270 billion. Tanduay Distillers Inc. alone, earned net sales
of P10 billion and P12 billion on 2013 and 2012 respectively. Each day,
Tanduay workers create an estimate of P15 million worth of products. This
means, per P1 profit of Tanduay Distillers, only P0.003 goes to wages
which will be divided to 397 workers!
have petitioned for an investigation from the Department of Labor and
Employment (DoLE) since Tanduay Distillers Inc. has been employing workers
under the guise of 2 agencies (Global Skills Providers Multi-purpose
Cooperative and HD Manpower Service Cooperative). Labor Only Contracting
is illegal under the Labor Code of the Philippines and yet even DoLE has
turned a blind eye to the pleas of the workers.
It is saddening that the same workers who make alcoholic beverages such as
Long Neck, Lapad Five Years, Jamaica, Green Tea, Asian Rum, Compañero,
London Gin, Gin Capitan, Rhum Cocktails, Island Mix and many others – are
the same workers who are deprived of their just wages, benefits and job
security. They are the same workers who, day by day, have families who are
struggling through poverty.
Is this what business tycoons like Lucio Tan want as a future for
Filipinos who offered their sweat and blood for honest work?
All freedom loving citizens should enjoin us because only through our
collective spirit and principled action can we help the the 397
contractual workers in their just cause for regularization!