Picket at the Mall of Asia
and harrassment by guards ▼
Migrante Middle East
on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11:25pm
28 May 2011
In support to Nestle workers’ struggle
Migrant group to boycott Nestle products, urges dependents to do the same
An overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) group in the Middle East Saturday said
it will be supporting a campaign staged by the local workers of Nestle in
the Philippines by urging OFWs and their dependents to boycott Nestle
“The struggle of Filipino workers in Nestle deserves support by the entire
working class and Filipino people including overseas workers who both have
been victim of exploitation and repression by multinational and
transnational corporations like Nestle,” said John Leonard Monterona,
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
Monterona said it had been known that Nestle workers were defending their
legitimate demands such as retirement benefits, rightful wages, among
others, when Nestle Philippines refused to include such demands on their
Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), thus the workers have left no other
options than to stage a strike in 2002.
“Instead of acceding to the legitimate demands of the workers despite
court rulings in favor of the workers, Nestle went into rampage by
attacking and persecuting the leaders of the local union under the banner
of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement),” Monterona added.
Citing KMU’s records, since 2002 there were 48 workers dead, two union
presidents assassinated, most of the workers’ children stopped schooling,
78% of workers’ houses forfeited, and 250 workers criminally charged.
“We can’t allow Nestle to keep on degrading our workers and their rights
trampled by terrorizing the leaders and members of the local workers
union. The entire working class and the Filipino people must join in
boycotting Nestle products,” Monterona averred.
Monterona said as a concrete support to Nestle workers’ struggle, chapters
of Migrante in the Middle East will pass a resolution that calls for
boycott of all Nestle products. “Our officers, members and networks of
OFWs, supporters and friends will urge their dependents in the Philippines
to do the same,” Monterona added.
Monterona said about 50% of individual OFW remittance is spent for food
and other goods needed for their daily consumption.
“Instead of buying Nestle products which are tainted with our workers’
blood, we urge our fellow OFWs and their dependents in the Philippines to
patronize products or goods made by other food corporations that recognize
the legitimate rights and demands of our workers,” Monterona concluded. #
Link of Nestle product lists, to boycott: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nestl%C3%A9_brands
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator