”Cane haulers are First Farmers Holding Corporation employees,” Ronald Ian Evidente, Kilusang Mayo Uno Negros spokesman, said yesterday.
This is because Department of Labor and Employment Med-Arbiter Dax Villaruel has declared that an employer-employee relation exists between workers of San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative and FFHC, Evidente said in a press release.
In a 16-page decision, Villaruel stated ”The evidence at hand point to the fact that an employer-employee relationship exists between the members of the petitioner union and FFHC, and not between the members of San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative Workers’ Union-NAFLU-KMU and San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Evidente said ”This is another victory of the workingclass. The workers are denied of their rights to just wages and security of tenure and to freedom of association because employeer like First Farmers Holding Corporation is evading its responsibilities for the purpose of cheap labor by creating illegitimate labor contractor like San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative”.
Med-Arbiter Villaruel stated in his order that San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative, without the support of FFHC, has no substatntial capital, transport and hauling equipment, mechanical and civil works repair facilities and work premises.
He pointed out that FFHC is notorious in engaging in labor contracting only like the case of Stevedore workers who were dismissed from work after forming a union. They were denied as employee by the Corporation despite DOLE Med-Arbiter declaration that they are their employees.
”They are not only exploiters but union buster,” Evidente added.
Villaruel who found the existence of employer-employees relationship between FFHC and members of San Juanita Multi-Purpose Cooperative Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU, granted the petition for certification election by the National Federation of Labor Union-KMU, among the drivers who were recruited, placed and supplied by San Juanita Muti-Purpose Cooperative to FFHC.*