The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Davao City chapter has condemned the harassment of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Da-vao Employees Union (RDEU), over the refusal of the RMN management to open the re-negotiation of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The RDEU has threatened to go on a strike as the management continues to ignore its demand for the re-negotiation of the CBA that expired last July 28.
Some RMN workers said they have been receiving threatening messages from unidentified persons who also accused some of them of being leftists.
“We condemn the harassment of workers and demand an investigation of these incidents. Such attacks are like a death sentence to media workers who have legitimate demands for better wages, rights and working conditions” NUJP-Davao chapter said.
“The grievances of the RDEU deserve attention from the government, not harassment. The RMN management refused to negotiate for new terms of the CBA” it continued.
“Aside from that, they have been hiring contractual workers in violation of the CBA. Such actions prompted the RDEU to vote unanimously 17-0 to hold a strike due to the company’s “refusal to bargain, unfair labor practice and union busting” the statement added.
The NUJP Davao urged the Department of Labor and Employment to address the demands of the RDEU workers and to work for the re-negotiation of the CBA.