ABS-CBN bars work­ers from es­tab­lish­ing union

The Manila Times - - BUSINESS -

THOU­SANDS of work­ers of ABSCBN Broad­cast­ing Corp. said the man­age­ment has barred them from form­ing a union.

In a state­ment, An­to­nio Perez, ABS-CBN In­ter­nal Job Mar­ket (IJM) Work­ers’ Union pres­i­dent, said man­age­ment has re­fused to rec­og­nize about 1,400 work­ers as em­ploy­ees on grounds that they be­long to a dif­fer­ent en­tity.

“Our pay slips, IDs and uni­forms all bear the logo of ABS-CBN as our em­ployer. Work­ers who have been in ser­vice for many years have even re­ceived neck­laces and rings af­firm­ing their em­ploy­ment in ABSCBN,” Perez said.

The group’s pres­i­dent said that they ob­tained cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion that the sup­posed com­pany named ABS-CBN IJM does not ex­ist.

In a state­ment, ABS-CBN said that the ex­ist­ing IJM “is a data­base, which pro­vides the user a list of ac­cred­ited tech­ni­cal or creative man­power who of­fer their ser­vices to [the com­pany].”

The com­pany said this is aligned with the re­quire­ments of the La­bor Code, adding that those listed in the IJM ros­ter are “taken care of in ac­cor­dance with the law.”

The com­pany said this case is pend­ing with the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment agency for dis­pen­sa­tion.

The la­bor strife at ABS-CBN comes at a time when the com­pany is be­set by poach­ing from TV 5, which re­cently got a fresh shot in the arm fol­low­ing its ac­qui­si­tion by a com­pany af­fil­i­ated with Philip­pine Long Dis­tance Tele­phone Co.

DAR­WIN G. AMOJELAR

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