Philippine labor center shames Nestle on its100th year in PH

MANILA, Philippines- On the 100th anniversary of the multinational food giant in the Philippines, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned Nestle for attacking workers’ rights, calling the corporation “the face of multinational exploitation and repression of Filipino workers.”

KMU said Nestle workers have been engaged in a long-drawn-out struggle with the multinational corporation, with Nestle’s refusal to include workers’ retirement benefits as agenda in negotiations for Collective Bargaining Agrement causing a workers’ strike in 2002.

The nine-year strike has resulted in the following: 48 workers dead, two union presidents assassinated, most of the workers’ children stopped schooling, 78% of workers’ houses forfeited, and 250 workers criminally charged.

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