November 16, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre
November 16 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre. November 16 is now a global day of protest against trade union repression.
The main Philippines trade unions involved with Hacienda Luisita are the KMU (May First Movement) Labor Center, the Union of Agricultural Workers (UMA), and their local affiliates, the sugar mill workers union (CATLU), the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) and the Alliance of Farm Workers of Hacienda Luisita (AMBALA). www.kilusangmayouno.org
Here is the story of their struggle.
Hacienda Luisita has 6,453 hectares in Tarlac Province, and its farmworkers have been entitled to land distribution since 1967. Originally a Spanish-owned tobacco farm, Hacienda Luisita was converted to sugar in the 1920s, and sold to the Cojuangco family as a combined sugar plantation and sugar mill in 1958.
NXP-Philippines signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement
We are glad to inform the public, especially our supporters, that last September 26, we workers of NXP-Philippines signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the management of NXP-Philippines, effective for the years 2014-2016. The signing of the CBA marks the end of our recent struggle to secure improvements in our working conditions by securing improvements in the CBA, which was met by the management with the illegal dismissal of 24, or almost all, of our union leaders last May 5, 2014.