WORKERS of Hoya Glass Disk Philippines (HOGP) at the First Philippine Industrial Park in Tanauan City, Batangas filed a notice of strike with the regional office of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board for the illegal closure and union busting of the Japanese company.
Ian Ordoño, president of Kalipunan at Saligan ng Mangga–gawa sa Hoya Glass Disk Phils – Independent (Kasama sa HOGP-Ind.), hit the company for illegal closure due to the absence ofnotice to workers one month before implementation.
The company cited a “slump” in profits as the reason for closing its plant.
“It is not possible for the company to be losing money because we see how big the production is due to the demands of the market for the product we produce. The company earns $27 million or over P1.1 billion a year,” Ordoño, representing 2,600 workers, said in a statement.
Last April 30, Hoya gathered their employees in a General Assembly where the company distributed waivers, quit claims, checks and separation documents. More than 200 workers refused to sign the quit claim notice.