Backed by the Association of Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), more than 400 rank and file contractual workers of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) under the Blue Collar Manpower Services protested against the university’s cancellation of the contract with the service provider.
“Nagtataka kami dahil ang Blue Collar Manpower Services ang aming tinatayuan ng union ang problema ngayon ang Ateneo mismo ang nag utos sa mga tao na mag resign at umalis sa Blue Collar Manpower parang sila na ngayon ang kalaban ng union at hindi na yung manpower services,” said Sofriano Mataro, regional VP of ALU-TUCP Southern Mindanao.
Mataro told Mirror that the management of AdDU suddenly ended the contract with Blue Collar and directed them to stop working.
“Mga 477 workers pero ang iba pumasok parang natakot mawalan sila ng trabaho. Sabi ni Fr. Tabora sumulat sa management ng Blue Collar na matagal na daw nag expire ang kontrata nila noon pang May 31, 2016. Pero bakit ngayon lang biglaan nilang pinutol? Dahil ba sa nagtayo ng unyon ang mga Manggagawa sa Blue Collar?” Mataro said.
The workers sought to organize a union to give them security of tenure and job regularization.
Mataro said the workers filed a notice to strike and the conciliation proceedings with the National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for Wednesday’s activity.
The workers also staged Certification Election in front of AdDU to determine the will of the workers to unionize.
“Dito namin ginawa ang Certification sa labas kasi hindi pumapayag ang management ng ADDU. Nagtataka kami bakit ang Ateneo ang pumipigil sa mga manggagawa na magtayo ng unyon,” Mataro said.
“Kung manalo ang yes tuloy ang unyon pero. Kung manalo ang no kawawa itong manggagawa na ito dahil isang taon silang hindi makatayo ng unyon,” he added.
In a statement, ADDU stressed that an erstwhile client of Blue Collar Manpower Services, is being linked to a conflict that has been brewing between Blue Collar’s management and its employees.
The statement said it is inappropriate to claim that the Ateneo is involved in this controversy. Ateneo’s contract, which has long expired, lies with the agency and not with the Blue Collar personnel who are under Blue Collar management, the statement said.
The statement also said the parties are free to enter and rescind contracts when conditions are no longer favorable to them. This should not be seen as an affront to the personnel of Blue Collar that ought to air their grievances against their employer.
It also said that the University empathizes with them, but it reiterates its stand that these personnel are employees of Blue Collar Manpower Services. May M. Padillo