• Labor group calls for Apple boycott

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    The International League of People’s Struggle-Philippines (ILPS-Phils) on Monday called for a global boycott of Apple products.

    The labor group issued this call following what it called the “unreasonable” dismissal of 24 local union officials and the plans of NXP Semiconductors Cabuyao Inc. (formerly Philips) to retrench 1,600 workers in the country.

    NXP Semiconductors is one of Apple Inc.’s suppliers.

    “To support Apple’s supplier in the Philippines is to support this inhumane treatment of workers,” the group said in a statement.

    According to the ILPS-Phils, the NXP workers were in the middle of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations when their union officials were dismissed.

    “They simply refused to work on holidays. For that, they were charged with “illegal strike,” the group added.

    The NXP management, however, defended its move claiming that they “abide strictly with local laws” in the dismissal of union officials.

    The company even issued a statement this August, “Latest on the Philippines Labor Matter,” signed by Sean Hunkler, NXP executive vice president for operations, and Robert Rigby-Hall, NXP executive vice president and chief human resources officer to justify its decision.

    “The NXP management can find every means to make their actions ‘lawful’. Yet, they cannot fool everybody. The ILPS-Phils will bring this case to other workers in all countries it can possibly reach,” the workers’ group said.

    ILPS-Phils also called on all workers to support the full and unconditional reinstatement of the 24 NXP workers.

    “We strongly protest the continuing labor repression in the Philippines and the intensifying exploitation of workers especially in the underdeveloped world,” it said.

    The NXPSCI Workers Union is a founding member of the ILPS-Phils.

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