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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, January 8, 2013
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Workers seek Capitol help
in fight for reinstatement

Retrenched workers of the First Farmers Holding Corp. in Brgy. Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, called on the provincial government to help them fight for their rights as workers at a press conference yesterday at the Negros Press Club building in Bacolod City.

Virgilio Salazar Jr., spokesperson for the First Arastre Stevedoring Services Employees Union, said they are disappointed that it has been two months since they started their picket outside the company premises but no government officials offered them help.

In October last year, 92 personnel of the sugar and molasses division were retrenched from their jobs without valid reason, Salazar claimed.

He said all they want is to go back to their work because they have families who depend on them.

The group will commemorate the second month of their picket with a program at 2 p.m. today.

Salazar said they will continue to demand for reinstatement since they have already fought and had placed their lives in danger.

About 40 people, including five tanods, had assaulted their picket on January 3, he said.

Salazar claimed that he was almost stabbed by a barangay tanod.

His coworker Estacio Mariano, 54, was hospitalized after he was hit by a stone thrown also by an alleged barangay tanod and a temporary worker, Salazar said.

Salazar added that he will file attempted murder charges against the tanods.*LTG

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