Davao court ruling vs Nakashin strike slammed
“The Nakashin workers’ demands are just and legitimate. As long as the management refuses to negotiate, workers have every right to continue their strike”
This was the statement of National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno as they slammed the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 10’s ruling issuing a writ of preliminary injunction against the striking workers of Davao Nakashin International Inc.
“Davao RTC’s ruling against the Nakashin workers’ strike is unacceptable. The court has ruled against workers without taking into account that it was, in the first place, the Nakashin management’s violations of workers’ rights that forced them to protest,” Jerome Adonis, KMU secretary general said.
The labor leader insisted that the local court has no jurisdiction over the Nakashin strike as labor disputes should be resolved through the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Labor Relations Commission.
“The local court cannot simply order the eviction of workers’ picket-line without first resolving Nakashin’s violation of workers’ rights which caused the strike. Labor disputes must first and foremost be resolved through conciliations and negotiations administered by labor department” he added.
Nakashin workers launched their strike after the management illegally retrenched 75 long-term contractual workers for demanding regularization and for refusing to sign quitclaim waivers.
KMU meanwhile called the ruling a bad precedent in labor disputes as it undermines workers’ rights to freedom of organization, expression and collective bargaining.
“The Davao court’s ruling could serve as a bad precedent in future labor disputes as it allows capitalists to refuse negotiating with workers. This undermines our workers’ basic rights,” Adonis said.