Support the workers of NXP! Reinstate union officials terminated during CBA nego! Stop union-busting in big electronics firm!
A union-busting drive is carried out by one of the biggest electronics firms in thePhilippines based in the Light Industry and Science Park 1 (LISP 1) in Cabuyao, Laguna. The company terminated 24 union leaders of NXPSemiconductors Inc. Workers’ Union (NXPSCIWU-NAFLU-KMU) in the midst of negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The company, which has a workforce of more than 5,000 in the Philippines and manufactures micro-chips, has stopped at offering a 3.5 per cent raise while workers demand an 8 per cent increase for the duration of the next CBA. It has also refused to heed the union’s demand for the regularization of contractual workers.
NXP is a private equity–owned company and listed in NASDAQ. The major stockholders are private equity firms led by KKR Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts, one of the biggest US financial oligarchs. NXP supplies Apple, Nokia, Huawei, Continental, Asus, Flextronics and Foxconn. According to the NXP website, it is operating in more than 25 countries, and gathered a revenue of $4.82 billion in 2013.
The struggle of NXP workers
Last May 5, 24 union leaders were fired by NXP Semiconductors Inc. The company’s defense: illegal strike – many workers did not report for work onApril 9, 17, 18 and May 1.
That is just an excuse. Those dates are regular holidays: It was Day of Valor on the 9th of April, while the 17th and 18th of April were Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday, respectively, and Labor Day is celebrated every 1st of May. Even in accordance with the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement or CBA, the company acknowledges the workers’ right to participate in May 1 activities.
What is the real reason? There is an ongoing negotiation between the union and NXP’s management for a CBA. The union demands a significant wage hike for workers – an 8% increase, while the management wants only a 3.5% raise. The union also insists that contractual employees be regularized, to which the company disagrees.
The demands made by the NXP workers and their union are valid and reasonable. They are merely upholding workers’ rights. The NXP’s management, which is now owned by American capitalists, is clearly anti-worker.
The fight of the NXP workers is a fight of all workers, of everyone. All of us need a wage increase that’s significant, not just morsels of alms. All of us deserve employment that’s regular, not just contractual. Many have already been dismissed from their jobs just because they asserted what’s due to them.
The union of the workers of NXP is one of the few unions in the country’s special economic zones. Capitalists and the Aquino government really want to suppress and bust it. The government has been deploying thousands of police forces to suppress the NXP workers’ protests. If capitalists and the government succeed, they will further oppress and exploit the numerous workers at the enclaves.
Let us support the NXP workers’ fight. Let us spread the word about their plight and struggle, our struggle, to everyone. Let us support and if possible join the protests on May 19 and 26. Let us condemn the capitalists of NXP together with its ally, the government of Noynoy Aquino.
Philippine President Aquino is anti-worker and is a puppet of big capitalists!
Reinstate the 24 laid-off workers!
Resume negotiations for a CBA in NXP!
Implement a significant wage hike!
Regularize contractual employees!
Philippine President, uphold the right of NXP workers and all Filipino workers!
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