Benjamen Villeno, trade union leader, was abducted by suspected military forces
Benjamen Villeno, trade union leader and organizer in the Southern Tagalog region, was abducted by suspected military forces due to his commitment in organizing unions and exposing the current administration's blatant violation of workers' rights, as well as involvement in the exposition and condemnation of systemic government corruption in the Philippines.
Electronics multinational NXP will reportedly supply the microchip technology in the new iPhone 6. IndustriALL Global Union has called on Apple to intervene and ensure a fair settlement in NXP’s Philippine operations, including a return to work for 24 sacked trade unionists.
Trade unions in a number of countries marked an international day of action on 2 July calling for reinstatement of the NXP 24. First Union in New Zealand kicked off the day and was followed by actions particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The NXP workers being vindictively attacked by their local management are members of the Philippine metalworkers union, affiliated to IndustriALL, MWAP.