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December 13, 2010

TMPCWA Year-End Gathering 2010

 

Last December 12, 2010, TMPCWA launch its 10th year-end Christmas Gathering. Members from both inside and illegally dismissed together with their families participated with warm support and commitment to continue the fight against injustices of Toyota under the new theme " CHRISTMAS AND THE SOLIDARITY IN THE SHINING STRUGGLE OF TOYOTA WORKERS. PERSEVERE TO ORGANIZE IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF GENUINE, ANTI-IMPERIALIST UNION IN THE NEXT YEAR OF STRUGGLE...ACHIEVE THE VICTORY!".

 

Network of supporters from Japan and Germany send solidarity messages that read during the activity namely; SUPPORT GROUP FOR TMPCWA IN JAPAN; ZENZOSEN; ALL TOYOTA UNION (ATU-Aichi Prefecture); Asia Pacific Workers Solidarity Links (APWSL); Japan Aotomobile Workers Network (JAWN); GERMAN FILIPINO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (GFF-KAPATIRAN); Opel Workers-International Auto Workers Council (IAWC-Germany).

 

 

  

  

   

   

   

   

    

 

 SPECIAL POEM a message from the anonymous supporter of TMPCWA.

 

To The Lighthouse

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

How Unadorned Yet Uncompromisable

And Lofty

You Appear To Stand!

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

As If You Had Been There Quite Naturally

From Long, Long Ago

Being Scared Of Nothing At All

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

In Fact, Even You Could’ve Barely Held Your Ground, Isn’t It?

As A Flesh-And-Blood Person Like Us

Having The Same Human Feelings As We Do

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

We Are Glad To Know You Like That

‘Cause We Were Only Obliged To Part With You For Various Reasons

Between Us Off The Shore And You On The Hilltop

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

So, We Do Wish You Will Continue To Shine And Glow

To Keep The Light On

So That We Can See It Even From Far Far Away In The Dark

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

All The More Because You Are There Shining And Glowing

We Can Go Our Course Of Life Without Being Lost Into Wrong Ways

Even If We Are Made Adrift At The Mercy Of The Winds And Waves Of Storm

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Due To Endless Fights With Storms You May Have Wounds All Over Your Body

But We Do Hope You To Know, Not To Forget

That We Too, Off The Shore, Are Fighting Though Being Wounded and Gasping

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Your Real Value Can’t Be Appreciated

Until You Have Disappeared From There

But If That Happened It Would Become Unrecoverable

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Oh TMPCWA,

It’s You That Is the Lighthouse

And Who Is The Lighthouse Keeper

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Thanks To You Having Been Shining And Glowing As Long As Ten Years

How Greatly We Have Been Encouraged!

How Freely We Could’ve Thought, Talked And Chosen Things And Matters!

 

One Storm Is Gone

And The Lighthouse Has Remained

 

Oh Lighthouse, Struggles Were So Hard As To Cry Bitter Tears

Though It Was So, There Were Smiles And Grins All The Time

And Bursts of Explosive Laughter Once In A While

Of Course, Wholehearted Shouts And Screams Of Anger Were There

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Even While You’re Taking A Brief Rest And Repairing The Lighthouse

Hey, Another Stormy Weather Ahead!

But You Already Know It And So Do We

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse,

Where Storms Come From and Who Generates Storms

How To Resist Storms

And Where We Should Be Navigating At

 

Oh Lighthouse Keepers,

Now, Hurry Up To Repair The Lighthouse

Let’s Get Ourselves Prepared For The Next Storm

Unite With Each Other Hand In Hand, Arm In Arm, Shoulder To Shoulder

 

Don’t Make The Light Of The Lighthouse Die Out

Feed Burning Oil

Must Not Make The Lighthouse Keepers Fall Down From Hunger

Send Food, Nutrition And Wear, And Lubricants For Living, Too

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Lighthouse Keepers,

Let’s Live, Live And Endure And Survive The Storms

Why Not Overcome The Storms

Until We Can Finally Come Up To A Sunny, Bright, Tranquil Sea

 

Oh Ed Cubelo,

You’re the very Lighthouse, The Man Among The Lighthouse Keepers

So You Must Be The First To Bear Difficulty And The Last To Enjoy Delight

And Yet You’re Not Allowed To Fall Down

 

Lighthouse, Lighthouse, Oh Lighthouse

 

 

Anonymous Supporter from Japan

December 7, 2010

 

 


 

November 29, 2010

 

TOYOTA’S CONTINUING ATTACKS TO TMPCWA DISMISSED MEMBERS

 

Last December 20, 2010 the newly dismissed union Vice President of TMPCWA Wenecito Urgel, receives a letter from Toyota Motor Philippines Saving’s and Loan Association Inc. (TMPSLAI), demanding him to pay the amount of money, which he loaned for the reconstruction of his house until December 8, 2010 inclusive of all the interests.

 

TMPCWA strongly believes that the mastermind behind the action of TMPSLA is none other than Toyota management as part of their strategy in forcing the union TMPCWA specially the newly dismissed Wenecito Urgel and his family to surrender and to stop the struggle.

 

Instead of heeding the initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) with respect to High-Level-Mission recommendations of the ILO to find possible solutions on the very long standing dispute, between the illegally dismissed workers and Toyota to settle the problem, Toyota continue to attacks the union and the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA.

 

If Toyota wanted Wenny Urgel to pay his salary loans, they should reinstate him and all the dismissed members of the TMPCWA and stop all the harassment and the dirty tactics of Toyota to involve his family in the pressure like sending demand letters from the company’s resources. 

 

TMPCWA and all its supporters in both local and international community should condemn the continuing attacks of Toyota to the members of TMPCWA specially the illegally dismissed members of the union.

 

Wenecito Urgel and the TMPCWA’s entire membership and families will never stop to continue the struggle against Toyota’s anti-union and unjust policies and the workers will carry the fight wherever it goes.

 

Onward with the struggle for genuine justice!

 

Condemn the illegal and anti-union activity of Toyota against the members of TMPCWA!

 

Respect the High-Level-Mission Recommendation of the ILO!

 

Reinstate the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA!

 

Longlive the working class!

 

Click the link below to open the file.

                                    

 


 

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Dear All,

 

TMPCWA would like to thanks all the friends and supporters that made the 5th international protest against Toyota a very successful events on this year.

 

Please see the weeks of activity in Japan below:

 

 

 

 

September 19, 2010 TMPCWA together with supporters from different places of Japan, travels six (6) hours from Tokyo and gathered in Toyota City in Nagoya by a warm solidarity welcome from the supporting group of Aichi prefecture.

 

 

 

Around 6:00 pm. Supporting Group for TMPCWA from Aichi Prefecture prepared some meetings for the TMPCWA and the supporters who traveled from Tokyo. TMPCWA presents latest updates on the new illegal dismissal of Toyota.

 

  

Around 6:00 am of September 20, 2010 at the train station preparation to divide the groups to 5 factories of Toyota in Aichi prefecture to distribute flyers.

 

 

Moving to different plants of Toyota.

 

 

 

Mobile propaganda moving around the factories of Toyota to make advisory on the protest actions.

 

 

 

Around 9:00 am of September 20, 2010 protest in front of Toyota Head office in Toyota Aichi Prefecture in Toyota City Japan.

 

September 21, 2010 meeting at the Japan Foreign Ministry with OECD-NCP Officials on the case of TMPCWA.

 

 

 

September 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm gathering for cultural interactions with unions and activists of Japan. TMPCWA sang the "Song of Hope" after short presentation of the struggle.

 

September 21, 2010 Live Interview by Labor Net TV on USTREAM. Please follow the link to watch the live interview on TV around 8:00pm:      http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/9727516

 

 

September 22, 2010 from 10:00am - 12:00nn.Union hopping on locals under ZENZOSEN.

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2010 at around 2:00pm protest in front of Toyota Tokyo headquarters.

 

  

  

 September 22, 2010 at around 6:00pm., TMPCWA meeting with activists in Tokyo.

 

 

 

September 27, 2010 Picket Protest at the Japanese Embassy in Manila.

 

 

 

  

 

September 29, 2010 picket protest in front of Toyota factory in Santa Rosa. Supported by many foreign activists who are participants of the Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network. Around 30 foreign activists joined the protest.

 


 

September 2, 2010

 


To: All Friends, Comrades and Supporters in the World



From:  TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION WORKERS ASSOCIATION (TMPCWA)


             Ed Cubelo, Union President

&


SUPPORT GROUP FOR PHILIPPINE TOYOTA  UNION TMPCWA IN JAPAN

          Masamichi Yamagiwa, Joint Representative


INVITATION FOR JOINING THE FIFTH (5TH) INTERNATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST TOYOTA!



Dear Friends, Comrades and Supporters of TMPCWA around the world,
TMPCWA is now running on the ten years struggle and yelling for genuine justice 
for all the leaders and members of the union who massively and illegally 
terminated by the Philippine Toyota. 



At the moment, under the new Philippine President Elect, the Department of Labor 
and Employment (DoLE) has initiated an action to find possible solution on the 
very long years of dispute between TMPCWA and Philippine Toyota, as their 
recognition on the ILO High-Level-Mission Recommendations. 



Now it’s Toyota’s part to recognize and respect the initiative of the Philippine 
Governments. But contrary to the effort of the DoLE, Toyota strike a new by 
illegally terminating four active members and leaders of TMPCWA that still 
working inside the factory including the union Vice-President and member of the 
Board of Director of TMPCWA. 



Toyota’s arrogance behavior is becoming worse than ever. Since the very 
beginning it did not respect the basic rights of its workers as well as all the 
courts decision and the many recommendations of the ILO in favor of the workers. 
Now Toyota is trying to smash the initiatives of the labor department and the 
ILO to find possible solution on the ten years sufferings of the illegally 
dismissed workers. This behavior is contradictory to the two pillars slogan 
being publicized by Toyota - CONTINOUS IMPROVEMENT AND RESPECT FOR PEOPLE. 



We cannot let this to happen again. The ten years misery of the illegally 
dismissed workers should be end now. We need to regain the normal life of the 
workers which was taken away by Toyota and do not let Toyota to repeat again 
what it done ten years ago.


What we can do?


In the Philippines:


There will be one-week series of actions from TMPCWA on local level, starting 
from 27th of September to 1stof October 2010. Among of them are written below:


    1. To     launch protest in front of Toyota Factory, Dealership and the     Japanese 
Embassy;
    2. Shift     meetings and line meetings for the members and the workers inside 
    the factory of Toyota;
    3. Canteen     hopping during break time;
    4. Newsletters     and leaflets distribution;
    5. Community     hopping;
    6. Leaders     and Workers Forum;
    7. Initiative     to meet the new appointed officials of the DoLE;
    8. Signatures     campaign (electronic).
 


In Japan:


There will be a series of activities starting from 18 to 22 of September 2010. 
(The Japan side can also launch separate electronic and signature campaign, what 
ever is best possible.)


In the International Level:


We would like to invite all to participate in the recommended activities below 
on the same dates written on the above. You can do the following:


    1. News     Letter, flyers distribution;
    2. Conduct     meetings on the shop floors in support to this campaign;
    3. To     launch protest actions in front of the factory of Toyota; its 
    Dealership and Philippine Embassy in support to the campaign of the     illegally 
dismissed workers in the Toyota Philippines;
    4. Participate     in signing of protest letter to the Philippine Toyota and the 
Toyota     Japan (electronic and/or hard copy).
    5. Possible     Financial Support for the illegally dismissed members and their 
    families.


The protest letter will be posted on the website of TMPCWA and the Supporting 
Group of TMPCWA in Japan.


We are again hoping another success on this campaign.
With warm solidarity greetings!


Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association
Ed Cubelo


&


Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan
 


Sample of the Protest Letter:

(Please take note: Kindly please copy paste the sample letter or you can make your own. Be sure to write your name with signature on it at the end of your letter and your organization and scan it and send to the email below. The union will print a hard copy to submit personally to Toyota Philippines and to Toyota Japan).


Mitchinobu Sugata
President-Toyota Motor Phils Corp.
Special Ecozone, Tagaytay Hi-way
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Philippines

To Michinobu Sugata,
I am writing to call your attention on the decade struggle of the Philippine 
Toyota workers.  


I have learned that the new Philippine Government thru its Labour Department has 
now taking initiatives to find solutions on the ten years problem between the 
company Toyota and the illegally dismissed workers.

The illegally dismissed workers and their families have suffered a lot in their 
lives and livelihood and it should be end now and bring back their normal life 
as workers, as human. It is time for you to act on this matter.

I urge you to recognize the new initiative of the Philippine Labour Department 
thru the ILO high-level-mission recommendations.

I also urge you to reinstate the four (4) active members and leaders of the 
union TMPCWA and withdraw dismissal.

I trust that you take action in this case.

Yours sincerely,

Name:
Position:
Organization:

 

&


 AKIO TOYODA
President and CEO – Toyota Motor Corporation
Aichi Prefecture 
Japan

I am writing to call your attention on the decade struggle of the Philippine 
Toyota workers.  


I have learned that the new Philippine Government thru its Labour Department has 
now taking initiatives to find solutions on the ten years problem between the 
company Toyota and the illegally dismissed workers.

The illegally dismissed workers and their families have suffered a lot in their 
lives and livelihood and it should be end now and bring back their normal life 
as workers, as human. It is time for you to act on this matter.

I urge you to recognize the new initiative of the Philippine Labour Department 
thru the ILO high-level-mission recommendations.

I also urge you to reinstate the four (4) active members and leaders of the 
union TMPCWA and withdraw dismissal.

I trust that you take action in this case.

Yours sincerely,

I trust that you take action in this case.

Yours sincerely,

Name:
Position:
Organization:


Contact message destination:

    1. Email     to Philippine Toyota President:

Mitchinobu.sugata@toyota.com.ph 


    1. Email     add of TMC & postal Address
(we still searching for it please wait for the information)



Please send your cc: message on the address below



Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan
For the attention of Anti-Toyota Global Campaign Unit
Home page: 
http://www.green.dti.ne.jp/protest_toyota/
Address: 
237-0063 3-63-901, Oppamahigashi-cho,  YokosukaCity, JAPAN
Phone and Fax: 046-866-4930
E-mail address: 
protest-toyota@list.jca.apc.org



Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)
Address: 1482 Elephant St., Group 5, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City
Email: 
d_mastermind2004@yahoo.com
Emails: 
tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com
Website: 
www.tmpcwa.org

 


 

August 10, 2010

 

 Update on the new Illegal Dismissal

 

TMPCWA together with local supporters stage indignation protest in front of Toyota factory in Laguna to strongly condemn Toyota management on its anti-union and illegal actions and arrogant behavior in dismissing the four (4) members and leaders of the union.

 

 

 

 

Photos: from left Wenecito Urgel, the Union Vice president (internal); Ariel Lalap BOD member;

Ronald Belen-union member; and Dante Pantino-union member)

 


 

 NEW

 

 August 5, 2010

 

TOYOTA, NUMBER ONE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR AND ANTI-WORKER

 

On August 2, 2010, a day before Toyota celebrated its 22nd founding anniversary and the beginning of its exploitation on Filipino workers, the company once again executed and slain the livelihood of its workers.  Wenecito Urgel, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Ariel Lalap, a member of the Board of Directors, Ronald Belen and Dante Pantino, all of them are leaders and active members of the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) were illegally dismissed from the company.

 

The four leaders and members of the TMPCWA are among the nine workers who underwent 30 days of Preventive Suspension implemented July 5, 2010, a month after they were accused of planning and executing production sabotage.  After 30 days of serving the Preventive Suspension, Toyota lengthened the extent of the suspension for a week more before it revealed its decision regarding the fabricated cases charged on the nine leaders and members of TMPCWA, specifically the four illegally dismissed, and Ricky Bindol (member of the BOD), Reynan Magdaong, Roderick Vidal, Gilbert Cruzado and Alberto Tanael accordingly.

 

On June 5, 2010, three officers from the Grievance Committee of the TMPCWA approached the assembly line to negotiate with the direct supervisor of a co-worker who was at risk of being removed from his position.  Despondently, as the Grievance Committee was peacefully negotiating with the supervisor, Teodato Echano arbitrarily and illogically directed Dennis Carpio, another group chief,  to push the Emergency Button in order to put a stop to the production line.  Teodato Echano is the acting Group Chief for the Assembly Line.

 

Because of the random line stop, workers approached the same area where the Grievance Committee was trying to negotiate with Echano, which was an ordinary circumstance for 20 long years each time there was a line stop.  At that instance, members of the TMPCWA were sighted in the vicinity, and consequently, were underhandedly charged and accused of putting a line stop, which was allegedly planned in conspiracy.  As a result, the nine members and leaders of the TMPCWA were put under Preventive Suspension.

 

Toyota pompously pronounces that the dismissal of the workers was based on the Company Handbook or its Rules and Regulations.  The preventive suspension was instigated because people’s lives and the production in general were endangered by the alleged conspiracy.  Moreover, Toyota arrogantly states that a fair and evenhanded process was ensued to come up with the decision of dismissing the four workers.

 

Nevertheless, for the TMPCWA, it is altogether a hypocritical statement.  In all aspects, on no account has Toyota been just and fair to its workers who fight for the genuine rights of its own class.  First of all, the Preventive Suspension carried out on the nine workers was implemented more than a month after the incident; this shows that it was evidently illegitimate since preventive suspensions are applied in circumstances where it is most needed to prevent further damage, more so if there was inflicted harm and damage to people and the production.  Incongruously, there was neither threat nor physical damage done by the workers.  Secondly, due process forms were given to the workers on the exact day the suspension was to take effect; this was done on a Friday, the last working day of the week, devoid of the reasons and suitable basis for the suspension and the details of processes due to the nine workers.  In its very essence, there was no due process undergone before the Preventive Suspension was implemented, and the accused workers were not given the chance to be acquainted with the basis of the suspension.  Additionally, aside from being a month late, the month-long preventive suspension was extended for another week after being served by each of the workers, with Toyota’s announcement that the week-long extension was to be paid as regular working days solely to delay the reinstatement of the suspended workers.  The company pronounced that this was because of the ongoing investigation which was yet to be completed.

 

Even so, with Toyota’s capabilities in deceitfully making it appear as if the workers were the ones who violated the company’s rules and regulations, winning the workers’ credence and belief on such fabricated statements are out of the question.  Still with Toyota’s basic CRR, it is strongly evident that the company is accountable for violations as it has not been able to implement its own rules and regulations to protect the workers who undeniably generate the company’s profits.  This only implies that Toyota not only has insignificant rules and regulations; the company in itself is inhumane and unjust, as it is repressive and anti-worker in nature.  It has not at all acknowledged the validity and legitimacy for TMPCWA’s Grievance team to approach the assembly line; by no means has Toyota recognized that the workers were simply trying to support a co-worker and were not, in any way, conniving on anything that may inflict harm or damage to the whole organization and their own livelihood.

 

If it were not as one-sided, Toyota should have allowed other leaders or representatives of TMPCWA to stand for the nine workers during the length of the investigation.  This was the only manner with which both sides may well be heard and considered.  This way, the nine workers will be well-represented and able to defend themselves; on top of it all, this was the only way for the investigation and hearing to befit an unbiased and objective due process.  Disappointingly yet very unsurprising, the management was the sole investigator during the entire process, and was the only decisive body to come up with the verdict.

 

In contrast to Toyota’s quick response and verdict to put the leaders and members of TMPCWA under Preventive Suspension, it has not employed any appropriate action on the four supervisors who were caught in the act, evidently using their positions to cheat on the company and their colleagues.  They were found to be out of the factory during a scheduled overtime, delighting themselves in an expensive restaurant.  The reason why they were not dismissed despite apparent and blatant violations on the CRR is unmistakable.  Crisanto Elemos, Francis Garcia, Mario Canlobo and Cesario Aberin, correspondingly leaders of the Supervisory Union, are under the direct manipulation and influence of the Toyota management.  In effect, there is no probable grave action on the violations of the supervisors contrary to the one-sided and prejudiced verdict on the leaders and members of the TMPCWA.

 

The Preventive Suspension and Dismissal of the members and leaders of TMPCWA is one of Toyota’s underhanded schemes in collaboration with its adherent supervisors Teodato Echano, Dennis Carpio, Rodolfo Santilles, Aldo Pancho, Joseph Sobrevega, Alden Sapit, Erwin Viduya and Raquel Lopez.  It is undeniably fervent in eliminating new leaders who stand for the genuine interests of Toyota workers.

 

The illegal dismissal of four leaders and members of TMPCWA is similar to the illegal dismissal of 233 members, including all the then-officers of the TMPCWA, ten years ago.  Toyota’s verdict on the workers, as a result of the alleged 18-minute long violation wherein two out of the total target units were claimed to be uncompleted, now connotes a life-long agony for the families of the four illegally dismissed workers.

 

This implicates the eagerness of Toyota in contriving tactics and techniques in order to assault the leaders and members of the TMPCWA, and subsequently affect the families who have no involvement in the political and economic aspirations of the company.  It deliberately performs such plans in order to eradicate obstructions to its objectives and plots in repressing the rights of the workers to genuine unionism.

 

Notwithstanding these facts, the condemnation of workers on the illegal dismissal of the leaders and members of TMPCWA is not enough.  Above all, the workers of Toyota must, with all efforts, strive to denounce the atrocious and anti-worker endeavors and policies of Toyota and all its attempts in repressing its workers.

 

The illegal dismissal of the four leaders and active members of the TMPCWA does not equate to an end in the struggle of the working class for genuine unionism.  Furthermore, parallel to the illegal dismissal of the 233 workers in 2001, this is yet another massacre to the livelihood of Toyota’s workers which will nonetheless advance the struggle of the union and the entire working class for wage, jobs, justice and genuine unionism.  The further abuse and desecration on the rights and livelihood of the workers in Toyota will insinuate the advancement and progress of the struggle of the working class to ultimately put an end to the monopoly capitalists’ endless reign and exploitation.

 

JUSTICE FOR THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA! JUSTICE FOR WENECITO URGEL, ARIEL LALAP, DANTE PANTINO AND RONALD BELEN!

 

JUSTICE FOR THE ILLEGAL DISMISSAL OF THE LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF TMPCWA!

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF TOYOTA’S REPRESSIVE POLICIES!

 

 Related Information on the Dismissal Case below:

 1. _private\A. lalap decision p2.docx

 2. _private\D.pantino decision p2.docx

 3. _private\G.cruzado decision p2.docx

 4. _private\R.Belen decision p2.docx

 5. _private\R.bindol decision p2.docx

 6. _private\W.Urgel decision p2.docx

 


 

 NEW

 

Two Pillars of Toyota- Continuous improvement, Respect for people

 

These slogans seem to show that Toyota’s reputation has not been smeared with blood and oppression. Yet the actual and present condition of workers states Toyota’s immoral nature. Today, Toyota strikes anew with yet another attempt to deliberately suppress and annihilate the militant struggle and livelihood of Toyota workers.

 

On Friday, June 25, 2010, around 3:50 in the afternoon, Toyota underhandedly indicted due process forms simultaneous with a preventive suspension order on nine (9) TMPCWA members and leaders, including Wenecito Urgel, Union Vice President, and Roderick Vidal, Alberto Tanael, Gilbert Cruzado, Reynan Magdaong, Ariel Lalap, Ronald Belen, Dante Pantino and Ricky Bindol accordingly. Cases on alleged violations on the Labor Code’s Article 282, correspondingly violations against TMP interest and policy, and security and public through inciting and participating in riots, disorders, illegal strikes or concerted actions detrimental to TMP’s interest were filed against the workers.

 

The case was allegedly filed on the basis of the recent incident at the Assembly Line on June 5, 2010, 9:00 in the evening, wherein Teodato Echano and Dennis Carpio, both supervisors, initiated a scene. At that very moment, TMPCWA’s grievance committee led by Wenecito Urgel approached Echano, Pablo Sario’s Immediate Superior, to inquire about Sario’s arbitrary and compulsory removal from position, and the subsequent replacement by a contractual worker. The said efforts were part of the step-by-step grievance procedures taken up by TMPCWA’s Grievance Committee in defending Sario’s job. Teodato Echano inappropriately shouted at the workers and instructed Carpio to stop the production line through pushing the Emergency Button. Urgel immediately questioned Echano’s order to bring about a line stop without any substantial basis. The latter sarcastically responded, "I am the Senior Group Chief and I will put a stop to the production line whenever I want to!" Toyota consequently fabricated rumors regarding TMPCWA’s alleged Economic Sabotage. Teodoro Echano was believed to have flown to Toyota Japan following the incident, probably as a reward for his infamous efforts in jeopardizing the leaders and members of the only genuine and militant workers’ union in Toyota.

 

Paradoxically, the preventive suspension was implemented twenty (20) days after the incident. On legal basis, preventive suspensions are lawfully imposed in immediate instances to avoid further harm or damage to the public or the production. Illogical as it is, there was no danger both to the workers and the production even within the duration of the incident. This, in its very essence, shows the irrationality of the preventive suspension order for the nine (9) union members and leaders. There was no riot or any physical damage inflicted on any worker or the production as a whole. In spite of the untimely line stop, target quota was nevertheless accomplished. Hence, Toyota evidently carried out such attempts to once again impetuously repress the workers and in effect, tarnish TMPCWA’s reputation, whose intention was to defend a co-worker from being discharged from his position.

 

Shortly after the order was given, the incident was extensively disseminated throughout the entire factory. A foreman was believed to have said and ordered the close watch over TMPCWA members, seemingly declaring martial law and apparently proving these tyrants their hunger for oppression over the workers.

 

The case filed before the nine (9) workers are no different than that which was filed against the 233 leaders and members of TMPCWA on March 16, 2001, practically eliminating almost the entire membership of the union after merely abiding by the constitutionally guaranteed rights in expressing themselves through organizing a legitimate union.

 

Toyota is indisputably cunning in nature, given its efforts in making it to the deadline in reducing the number of regular workers until 2010 under the Jiritsuka Plan. Similarly, Toyota has been exerting efforts in the arraignment of the alleged falsification case filed against workers last year, which has been rather impracticable as the majority of workers linked to the charges are members of the TMPCLO and TMPCSU unions. Contrary to the handling of such case, the preventive suspension and cases against the nine (9) members of TMPCWA were filed impetuously.

 

Unmistakably, Toyota has malevolently led TMPCWA into an ineludible circumstance in order to fabricate charges against them, to deliberately eliminate those who struggle for the workers’ rights, and give way to an uncomplicated dismissal of more workers in the future, thus a suitable environment to hand down repressive directives to the workers.

 

Up to date, the question on its slogans remains unconcealed for workers to criticize. Is Toyota sincere enough in giving respect for workers or is it plain pretense? Workers remain exploited by capital and the whole of its system. Despite this, they are nonetheless the ones who are incriminated by unlawful capitalist exploitation.

 

WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION ORDER ON THE NINE TMPCWA MEMBERS AND LEADERS!

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF TOYOTA’S ANTI-WORKER AND ANTI-PEOPLE POLICIES!

 

JUSTICE FOR THE 233 ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

WORKERS UNITE! CONDEMN AND DENOUNCE THE DECEPTIVE LEADERS INSIDE TOYOTA!

 

ONWARD WITH OUR MILITANT STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE VICTORY!

 

WORKING CLASS, THE LIBERATING FORCES!

 

   

  

 

 See below Memorandum of Toyota against the members and Leaders of TMPCWA'

 1. Memorandum_1.pdf

 2. Memorandum_2.pdf

 3. DFP_Preventive_Suspension1.pdf

 4. DPF_Preventive_Suspension_explain.pdf

 5. DPF_Preventive_Suspension_explain_2.pdf

 6. DPF_Instruction.pdf

 

 Below is the Explanation of the nine members of TMPCWA translated from Their affidavit:

 1. images\Explanation_Belen.doc

 2. images\Explanation_Cuzado.doc

 3. images\Explanation_Magdaong.doc

 4. images\Explanation_Pantino.doc

 5. images\Explanation_Tanael.doc

 6. images\Explanation_Vidal.doc

 7. May 26,2010 ay nagpasa kami ng grievance letter sa management hinggil sa mga usaping kinahaharap ng aming kasapi na si Pablo S

 

 


 

New

 

TMPCWA and the Support Group in Japan for Another Successful Lobbying at the ILO

 

On May 30 to June 08, 2010 TMPCWA and the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan visit again the ILO, to continue lobbying the case which is almost ten years now. This years visit is very important to TMPCWA as well as the Support Group in Japan because of some development and progress, after the ILO sent its High Level Fact Finding Mission in the Philippines last September 2009.

 

There are many workers delegations from different countries met with TMPCWA and the Support Group in Japan. They promise to support the TMPCWA struggle and will share among their counter part organization that there are Toyota workers and members of their organization.

 

The Philippine Government thru the Department of Labor and Employment are now helping and making initiatives to implement the ILO-HLM recommendation for a possible solution to end the Ten years struggle of the dismissed members of TMPCWA.

 

  

 June 2, 2010 Formal opening of the ILO Governing Body Meeting.

 

  

 Meeting with Ms. Karen Curtis.

 

  

Ed Meeting with Brazilian Delegates from CUT - Central Unica Dos Trabalhadores.

 

  

                  Meeting with German Delegate                                      Meeting with Korean Delegate

 

  

 Meeting with Mr. Nakajima, the new elected Vice Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body meeting.

 

  

           Meeting with Mr. Tomasz from Poland                          Meeting with the delegates from AFL-CIO

 

  

     Meeting with Philippine Government Delegates               Ed and Elmer Labog Chairperson of KMU

 

   

   

 

   Newsletters distributed at the ILO - file:///F:/ilo2010 materials/Newsletter file for ILO 2010.pdf

 


 

NEW

The War On Philippine Toyota Workers-TMPCWA Pres Ed Cubelo Reports

 

http://blip.tv/file/3579533

 

http://laborvideo.blip.tv/

 

Toyota Philippines has waged a war against the TMPCWA union that has been seeking to organize the workers. In Detroit at the Labor Notes conference the president of the union Ed Cubelo reported on the long struggle to organize at the plant and the repression, company tricks and collusion by the government and the courts to prevent unionization.

 

To contact the union go to:

 

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)

www.tmpcwa.org

 

Produced by Labor Video Project P.O. Box 720027, San Francisco, CA 94172 laborvideo.blip.tv   www.laborvideo.org

 

 


 

 International Labor Organization Report on the High Level Mission to Philippines: ..\..\Downloads\High Level ILO Mission.pdf


 NEW  

 ILO Recommendation for 2010 March.

  Please click to open the file PHILIPPINES CASE No. 2652.pdf


..\..\..\Desktop\Shoitchiro Toyoda visit the TMP.docx - report which did not publish yet


9 Years of Glorious Struggle for  Toyota Workers

 

TMPCWA has magnificently struggled for wage, jobs and justice against Toyota.  The ceaseless struggle initiated fearless and momentous fights, and inspired hundreds of workers to walk out of the factory and attend to the hearing initiated by the Bureau of Labor Relations due to threats of Toyota’s manipulation over the BLR’s decision.

 

In fear of workers’ intensifying conviction for pursuing the fight, Toyota desperately resorted on the illegal dismissal of leaders and members of TMPCWA on March 16, 2001, on the basis of an alleged Illegal Strike case filed against the workers, ironically on the same day the Department of Labor and Employment issued its final decision acknowledging TMPCWA as the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent.

 

There were no options for the workers but decide to go on  strike, being the highest form of  armor and resistance against the capitalist’s attack. This was the first strike ever commenced in Toyota Philippines to defy and challenge the capitalist’s reign, transpiring in the forefront of car industries in the world.

 

The illegally dismissed workers advanced further with the struggle in firm coordination with workers inside the factory, together with new members who shall continue genuine unionism inside Toyota.

 

Despite of Toyota’s infamous efforts in impeding and suppressing workers’ fights, TMPCWA’s determined and persistent organizing moved forward inside and out of the factory. The condition, having the entire executive committee and most of the members dismissed from the factory, did not hinder the union from pushing onward with the fight and exposing to national and international communities the immeasurable crimes committed by the capitalist towards its workers.

 

Correspondingly on September 24, 2003 and January 28, 2004, the Supreme Court released its final decision directing Toyota to come in negotiations with TMPCWA through a CBA. The decision from the Supreme Court expresses the conclusion of legal procedures in the Philippines; therefore there is no justification for Toyota’s insolence to the decision. But as bigoted as expected, Toyota disregard and treated the decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines with contempt.

 

Instead of recognizing the TMPCWA, Toyota established the TMPCLO as to avoid its responsibility towards workers. Albeit the absence of simple majority votes, the capitalist connived with the Department of Labor and Employment with Toyota’s adherent Arthur Brion as Secretary, in order to hail TMPCLO’s feat over TMPCWA.

 

On August 16, 2006, DOLE security guards and MPD police units violently dispersed leaders and members of TMPCWA after conducting a picket-protest and filing for a Motion for Reconsideration regarding the recognition of TMPCLO at the Labor Secretary’s office in Intramuros, Manila. The workers encountered physical harassment  and indiscriminate firing from security guards which resulted to the hospitalization of most of the protesters suffering from injuries and wounds. Paradoxically, the workers were imprisoned for three days at the MPD Station 5 under the cases Slight Physical Injuries, Assault and Sedition filed against the protesters.

 

On September 30, 2007, the Supreme Court released its decision regarding the Illegal Dismissal/ Illegal Strike of Toyota workers-- a decision concluding the massacre of livelihood among the illegally dismissed workers, illegitimately pronouncing workers’ struggle and collective actions illicit. This prove that the rules and governing policies issued by Multinational Corporations such as Toyota serve superior to the constitutionally guaranteed right to express and organize oneself.

 

Notwithstanding the decision, the workers progressed to greater fights against Toyota’s repression. To strengthen the campaign, the International Labor Organization issued recommendations since 2003 ordering Toyota to execute the following: 1. Reinstate the illegally dismissed workers; 2. Junk the unsubstantiated and groundless criminal cases filed against the workers; 3. Recognize the TMPCWA Union; and 4. Face negotiations on a CBA with TMPCWA.

 

On the contrary, Toyota has yet to initiate the execution of such recommendations despite the contest of the international community against its anti-worker and dissolute policies.

 

With such insolence, the International Labor Organization launched a High Level Fact finding Mission to investigate on the anti-worker and anti –people policies implemented by foreign corporations in connivance with the government of the Republic of the Philippines.

 

On September 25, 2009, the HLFFM visited the Toyota plant and directly experienced the impertinence of the capitalist Toyota as one of the delegates expressed his impression on the unwelcoming environment offered by the corporation. This was proven valid because of Toyota’s efforts on misleading the delegation away from the members of TMPCWA. But with TMPCWA’s conviction, the HLFFM was successfully welcomed by the union. Investigations following the HLFFM by the ILO ensued such as the Fact Finding Mission launched by the International Metalworkers Federation on February 4, 2010.

 

This verifies and attests to the veracity of Toyota workers, particularly those illegally dismissed.

 

Based on the chronology of events, history proves that the struggle for Toyota workers will serve relentlessly, contrary to the capitalist’s intention of putting an end to the genuine unionism upheld by TMPCWA with the help of TMPCLO and TMPCSU. The illegally dismissed workers of Toyota will endlessly fight for social justice as long as there is capitalist oppression. This symbolizes the genuine struggle of workers for the interest of its class.

 

The struggle of workers shall persist until there is oppression. It is yet to cease until a classless society is achieved by the workers for its class.

 

LONGLIVE THE FIGHT AND GLORIOUS STRUGGLE OF THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

REINSTATE THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

LONGLIVE CONTINUING STRUGGLE OF TMPCWA AND THE WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

LONG LIVE THE WORKING CLASS!

 


 

March 16 2010

 

TMPCWA LAUNCH PICKET ACTION IN FRONT OF TOYOTA FACTORY AS PART OF THE NINTH (9th) YEAR COMMEMORATION OF THE ILLEGAL DISMISSAL to some 233 MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE UNION by TOYOTA.

 

Illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA start the protest action in the busy terminal of Sata Rosa Complex to inform the people of this city about the continuing anti-workers and inhuman activity of Toyota to its workers. There is also distribution of leaflets to all motorists and many people are listening and watching the activity.

 

After the short program the dismissed members of TMPCWA are marching from the terminal going in front of Toyota and the members that still working inside are marching going out the factory to welcome the illegally dismissed members and jointly launch the protest in front of Toyota factory.

 

This protest shows another victory of strong solidarity of the illegally dismissed members and the workers inside the are determined to fight against Toyota.

 

The Nine (9) year activity is another successful year for the struggle of the illegally dismissed members and families of TMPCWA.

 

LET US CONDEMN TOYOTAs EFFORT TO BREAK THE UNION TMPCWA!

 

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED MEMBERS OF TMPCWA!

 

LONGLIVE THE STRONG SOLIDARITY OF TOYOTA WORKERS!

 

LONGLIVE THE WORKING CLASS!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsxF5cr9WM4&feature=email please watch the video.

 


 

February 19, 2010

     Dear All,

 

 Please watch this video from the members of TMPCWA inside action in support to the supervisory workers action to implement the CBA agaisnt number one common enemy - Toyota.

 

 Please follow this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXHFHVeC8vM

 

 Please check also this information below:

 

 
 

 


 

 February 17, 2009

Dear All,

Please read this Notice of our Demand Letter of TMPCWA and the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan. A Letter to the President of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan Soichiro Toyoda.

               

February 16, 2010

 

To:       Mr. Akio Toyoda, President – Representative Director

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, Toyoda, Japan

 

From:   Ed Cubelo, President

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION WORKERS ASSOCIATION

(TMPCWA)

&

Masamichi Yamagiwa, Joint Representative

SUPPORT GROUP FOR TMPCWA IN JAPAN

 

NOTICE OF OUR DEMAND

 

Quite recently, you yourself have announced toward the world regarding certain quality defect of your company’s products that it is the philosophy of your company and in particular, of yourself to correct anything wrong that if it has occurred. This should not be limited to the defect of products but should rather apply to labor issues, we believe.

 

In the Philippines, your company’s subsidiary has continued to commit acts in violation of the international labor standards and has not shown even an attitude to improve them, and thus is under severe surveillance, investigation and recommendation to correct the same by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and in such background is further urged to amicably resolve the longstanding dispute by the Philippine government, in particular the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

 

Still yet, its management does never listen to the same and your managerial division concerned in Japan has continued to take such arrogant, mocking attitude as saying, “Any local problem is within the hands of the local organization concerned.”

 

On the current occasion that your company and you yourself have become obliged to make huge recalls under the harsh critiques by the users and the regulatory authorities in Japan and foreign countries including the USA, we remind you that your company and in particular, you yourself should pay serious attention to the subject matter we are taking up in this letter.

 

We warn you that should you take an attitude of disregarding and giving no reply to this Notice of Our Demand, such fact will of itself constituted a grave problem.

 

 SIGNED

 

ED G. CUBELO

President-TMPCWA

Email:tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com

 

SIGNED

Masamichi Yamagiwa

Joint Representative

Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

 


February 12 2010

 

Dear All,

 

Please watch the ABC News on Toyota: TOYOTA LAWYER ACCUSES COMPANY OF DECEIT

 

Please follow the link below;

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video/brain-ross-biller-interview-9792387 &

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/exclusive-toyota-lawyer-tells-abc-news-automaker-hides/story?id=9751262&page=2

 

 


 

December 23, 2009

 

TMPCWA HOLDS 9th YEAR-END GATHERING

 

 

On December 20, 2009 TMPCWA holds the end year activity for the families and members of TMPCWA.  Its the nine (9th) year celebrations of Christmas specially for the illegally dismissed members and their families.

 

In the program the one year activity report of TMPCWA for instance the protest action in front of Toyota in commemoration to the mass dismissal case; the protest in front of Japanese embassy and other agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment; the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals; The Global Day of protest against Toyota and many protest in Toyota Japan launch by the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan.

 

The important activities of the ILO has been discussed also specially the High-Level Mission that take place last September 22-29 and the follow up activity last December 2-4 and the ILO Automobile workshop in Japan.

 

Also included in the report the participation of TMPCWA in the International Automobile Workers Council in Germany from October to November this year.

 

Members was very happy to watch the power point solidarity messages prepared by Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan and the ZENZOSEN.

 

The members and their families are very happy about the many development in the very long years of strong solidarity of TMPCWA and all the supporters in many countries. Childrens of the members are very happpy in the swimming pool. They also enjoyed the foods that the family and members contributed.

 

The year-ending activity of TMPCWA is another sign of victory for the entire membership of TMPCWA showing the strong solidarity and genuine unity of the members that are working inside and the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA. TMPCWA are determined to fight against Toyota's continuing attacks and arrogant behavior by ignoring the International Labor Organizations effort to find possible solution to the very long dispute between TMPCWA and Toyota.

 

The members of TMPCWA promise once again to continue the struggle to Victory!

 

A MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS AND FULL OF STRUGGLE FOR THE NEW YEAR!

 

  

  

 

 

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

  

 

Powerpoint Solidarity Message from Support Group and the Zenzosen; ..\..\Downloads\2009-12-20 TMPCWA_.pdf


 

November 4, 2009

 

 Please read this Protest and Request Letter to Toyota Japan from TMPCWA and the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan.  Protest and Request Letter to Toyota Japan 09-11-04.pdf    

 


 

  Watch new Video:

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kppYHIxcB5Q & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmZNA0XoP98

 

watch videos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OCuPPdth40

 


 

 To watch Video copy this link and paste to browser:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kppYHIxcB5Q &http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmZNA0XoP98

 

Protest inside Toyota by the Members of TMPCWA against Precarious work 7th October 2009 in coordination with Metalworkers Alliance of the Philippines (MWAP) and the International Metalworkers Federation - IMF to the International Day of Protest Against precarious Work.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

To:  All Friends, Comrades and Supporters of TMPCWA.

 

Union TMPCWA would like to express our deepest gratitude in response to the worldwide call of support for the 4th International Week of Protest against Toyota, which TMPCWA and its Support Group in Japan held last September 15 to 22, 2009.

 

The week long protest was a hall mark success for workers all over the world, who are experiencing the same repression, against a Multi-National & Transnational Corporation like Toyota. There was an overwhelming support from workers who sent their letter-protest which we forwarded to Toyota Japan, the OECD Japan and the Philippine Government.

 

Protest action was also staged in front of Toyota Tokyo Headquarters and Toyota Head office at Toyota City in Nagoya, Japan which a lot of Japanese workers united and took part with.

 

In the Philippines, protest actions was also staged in front of the Japanese Embassy where the Labor consul had a dialogue with TMPCWA leaders and representative of various labor sector who represents other workers that are also having similar repression from their Japanese companies.  Simultaneously, a protest action was also staged in front of Toyota plant in Sta. Rosa Laguna which different unions and organizations participated in.

 

All union and organizations were united in condemning the anti-worker’s right and anti-union stand of Toyota management.

 

The labor dispute in Toyota Philippines has been going on for the past 8 years now and still, Toyota Japan is adamant to step in and resolve the problems of the workers and management. Despite the clamor from different sectors and organizations around the world, Toyota is still defying the inevitable truth that workers are now united behind the plight of TMPCWA union.

 

Latest development in the case is the ILO sending in a High Level Mission team in the Philippines to look into the reports of trade union repressions committed by Multi-National and Transnational companies. We hope that the ILO investigation will open doorways for the long labor dispute to be finally resolved.

 

In the meantime, TMPCWA and workers of Toyota Philippines are still united in defending for the universal declarations of right of workers. We will continue to lead the way in consolidating the International solidarity not just between workers from Toyota in different affiliated countries but from all workers in the world.

 

Again, we thank all of you for your support in our fight.

 

Workers unite! Long live the working class!

 


 

July 29, 2009

 

To:       All Friends, Comrades and Supporters in the World

 

From:   TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION WORKERS ASSOCIATION

            (TMPCWA)

            Ed Cubelo, Union President

&

SUPPORT GROUP FOR PHILIPPINE TOYOTA UNION TMPCWA IN JAPAN

            Masamichi Yamagiwa, Joint Representative

 

 

- After the decision was made to send an ILO High-Level Mission to the Philippines -

LET’S LAUNCH THE 4TH ANTI-TOYOTA GLOBAL CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFUL !

15th – 25th September 2009

 

Dear Friends, Comrades and Supporters !

 

Inviting you to signing a joint Protest Letter !

 

It was in September 2006 that an Anti-Toyota Global Campaign was first launched under the initiative of International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) with the participation from 45 countries across the world demanding the start of collective bargaining negotiation and the reinstatement of 233 illegally dismissed workers to their original work place as against the refusal of collective bargaining since 2000 and the mass-dismissal of 233 workers in 2001 by Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation. We have since succeeded to this by launching an Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September every year calling for participation worldwidely. This year again, we are going to conduct the fourth anti-Toyota Global Campaign of this series for ten days starting from the fifteenth of September.

 

For this purpose, we call on a variety of organizations and individuals all over the world to conduct diversified protest actions to Toyota during this period of time. And, so as to express the common intent of the participants in these protest actions, we invite you to sign up a joint Protest Letter in a format as attached to this letter.

 

If you are agreeable to this proposal, we would greatly appreciate your sending your-singed Protest Letter back to us at the below-mentioned contact address not later than the tenth of September.

 

Let’s make a protest to Arroyo Administration of the Philippines, Toyota Motor Corporation and the Japanese Government !

 

After the 2006 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign, a “No-Union, No-Strike” policy taken by the Arroyo Administration along with multinational enterprises has been even more increasingly reinforced in the Philippines, so that military pressures upon labor unions as well as political pressures, such as extrajudicial killing, abduction and arrest of labor union leaders have become more fierce than before. In parallel with this situation, not only the Supreme Court of the Philippines rendered a judgment in October 2007 ruling that the dismissal of 233 workers by Toyota was legal, but also regarding the case of bargaining right, the Court of Appeals of Manila deprived TMPCWA of its collective bargaining right by issuing a judgment in April 2008 which reversed the 2003 Supreme Court decision in favor of TMPCWA. Nonetheless, ILO persistently continued to issue Recommendations to the Philippine Government requesting it to start collective bargaining negotiation and to reinstate the 233 dismissed workers to their original work places, and at long last, at the meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Standards held during the International Labor Conference in June this year, Union President Ed Cubelo of TMPCWA was allowed to deliver a speech focusing on the matter of Toyota Philippines and it was decided to dispatch a high-level mission to the Philippines within this year for the purpose of investigating the problem with union certification and extrajudicial killing.

 

What is important is that the willingness of the Philippine Government to accept the ILO high-level mission to the Philippines shows its own stance that the Philippine Government itself has come to admit it as inevitable to amend the law and practice of the Philippines so as to make them in line with the international labor standards. In this regard, Toyota’s frequently outspoken view that any local matter is left up to the local subsidiary in question as well as the attitude of OECD National Contact Point of Japan, headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, that the sovereignty of the country in question must be respected for, particularly in terms of the independence of judicial power, so as to leave the problem to the law of the Philippines and the practice of Arroyo Administration, thus disregarding the ILO Convention and Recommendations. But, it is now that Arroyo Administration itself has come to be obliged to amend its own past practice. Yet, both Toyota and the Japanese Government are really unwilling to their attitude.

 

That is the reason why we should now protest to not only Arroyo Administration but also Toyota Motor Corporation, which controls Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, as well as the Japanese Government, which has great influence upon the Philippines. For the reason as mentioned above, we call on as many as friends, comrades and supporters of TMPCWA to join us in signing the attached Protest Letter.

 

With warmest greetings in solidarity !

 

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION

WORKERS ASSOCIATION

(TMPCWA)

Ed Cubelo

Union President

 

 

Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

 

Masamichi Yamagiwa,

Joint Representative

 

 

 

 Contact and message destination:

 Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

For the attention of Anti-Toyota Global Campaign Unit

Home page: http://www.green.dti.ne.jp/protest_toyota/

Address: 230-0062  20-9-505, Toyooka-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, JAPAN

Phone and Fax: 045-575-1948

E-mail address: protest-toyota@list.jca.apc.org

 

      Your message is welcome also at:

 

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)

Address: 1482 Elephant St., Group 5, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City

Emails: tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com

Website: www.tmpcwa.org

 

To Download protest form please click the links below:

 

Inviting you to signing a joint Protest Letter - final.pdf

 

Protest Letter

 

 


 July 28, 2009

 TMPCWA Joins The Seven Days of Peoples March Caravan Against Trade Union Repression, Poverty, Killings, Plunder and Charter Change of the US-Arroyo Regime

 

July 21-27, 2009 TMPCWA joins the seven days of LAKBAYAN (March Caravan) from the Southern Tagalog Region (Southern part of Luzon Island) to Batasan in National Capital Region. The workers organization headed by Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan -(PAMANTIK-KMU) a broad alliance of workers in Southern Tagalog region, march against trade union repression, poverty, killings of leaders of the trade union and plunders of the Arroyo regime. The march caravan are also against the Charter Change pushes by the Arroyo Regime to amend the economic and political provisions of the Philippine Constitutions.

Under the said amendments, the government will going to allow the 100% ownership of lands for the foreign monopoly capitalist. If this happens, the big foreign corporations will going have strong No Union No Strike policy especially in every EPZ- Economic Processing Zones. This mean more exploitations and profits. And more distorted laws against the workers rights will also be impose if this happen.

 

 

  

  


July 10, 2009

 

76 Toyota Workers are facing dismissals again

 

Since June 3, 2009, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) launches several investigations to some 76 regular workers. Some 64 workers are members of TMPCLO, some 4 workers are members of the TMPCSU and some 8 workers are members of the TMPCWA who are still working inside Toyota.

 

The management of Toyota are accusing those 76 workers of fraud and falsification of documents, by submitting fabricated receipts, to en-cash the Php.19,000 Cafeteria benefits of the workers, which included in the CBA of TMPCLO and Toyota.

 

TMPCLO are giving instructions to all their accused members to answer all the allegations of the management by individual explanations and forcing their members to admit the accusations of the management, because of their illusions that the company might be forgive them and might lessen the penalty. TMPCLO Leaderswants their members to kneel down to the management and beg for their dismissals.

 

TMPCWA would like to expose the stands of TMPCLO by helping the company in its plan to terminate the workers easily. The issue of dismissal is one of the long term plan of Toyota under its JIRITSUKA plan on 30/70 on 2010. Meaning to make the regular workers to become 30% and replace by contractual workers of 70%. This plan was already expose since 2006 by TMPCWA and was not implemented because of the continuing resistance of TMPCWA. But little by little the company find its way to make it possible by outsourcing the regular jobs of the workers and to sub-contract it. Now the company wants to meet the deadline because the year 2010 is almost near.

 

In one of the short caucus of TMPCWA inside Toyota, The industrial Manager Joseph Sobrevega are shouting and saying "the company is not recognizing TMPCWA". Many workers witnessed the barbaric actions of this I.R. manager. TMPCWA leaders did not antagonize the IR managers attitude, instead they continue the meeting with the workers. After few days there comes leaflet circulating inside the factory attacking the TMPCWA Officials.

 

TMPCWA grievance committee are representing the accused members against the alleged accusation of management, but Toyota doesn't like to accept it. Toyota must respect the will and explanations of the members as it was signed in their due process form. They should be represent by the grievance team of TMPCWA. If Toyota will not accept this legal procedure to negotiate with the grievance team of TMPCWA, then we are going to seek legal remedy outside the factory and will launch more actions against this kind of illegal and anti-workers activities of Toyota.

 

The barbaric anti-workers attitude of the IR manager of Toyota should be condemn as well as the objective of Toyota to terminate the workers. ###


July 5, 2009

 

TMPCWAPresident Ed Cubelo and the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan Visit ILO

 

Last month, from June 1st to 14th, President Ed Cubelo together with the General Secretary of the Zenzosen Mr. Hayakawa,  had a chance again to visit Geneva, Switzerland to make a lobbying for the TMPCWA case at the ILO and to visit the General Headquarters of the International Metalworkers Federation.

After five years, its the only time TMPCWA had a chance to speak in the ILO meeting, that happens in June 11, 2009 in the Committee on Experts and the Application of Standards meeting. This speech becomes possible because of the help of the International Metalworkers Federation by accrediting TMPCWA and included the name under their delegation in the 98th session of this ILO conference. Ms. Allison Tate from the Australian Council of Trade Union also help a lot and guide President Ed inside the meeting to deliver the speech. In the Committee meeting, the representatives from the Philippine Government accepted the High-Level Mission from the ILO to visit the Philippines and to make investigations on a widening extra-judicial killings that is happening in the ranks of the workers and activists. Sending high-level mission is one of the proposal of TMPCWA and included in the speech of President Ed.

In June 9, 2009, President ED and Mr. Hayakawa had a chance to meet the executive officials of the International Metalworkers Federation in the General Headquarters of the IMF. Retired General Secretary Marcello Mallentacci together with the new General Secretary Jyrki Raina welcomes the meeting. New Assistant General Secretary Fernando Lopez, Zusanna Miller, Ronn Blum and Kristine Peter are also present in the meeting. There they discussed the updates on the TMPCWA struggle and how to continue the support to provide by the IMF.

During the whole stay, there are interviews with from one of a famous magazine chief editor of Altermonde who travel from France to Geneva, just to get article from President Ed and Mr. Hayakawa about the Struggle of TMPCWA and the workers situation in Japan and Philippines.

After the ILO activities, President ED move to Germany to make a visit with some German friends and supporters like the German-Filifino Friends (GFF) and the automobile workers organization from the International Automobile Workers Council. The International Automobile Workers Council would like to invite TMPCWA to attend the 5th autoworkers conference this coming October to share their experience and to make strong solidarity of automobile workers around the world.###

 


May 5, 2009

 

TMPCWA Celebrating the International Labor Day

May 1, 2009 TMPCWA celebrates the international labor day by joining the regional center of workers in the Southern Tagalog region PAMANTIK-KMU. The members of TMPCWA started to assemble at Crossing Calamba, Laguna at around 9:00 in the morning to have short discussion on updates of the Struggle. In the Afternoon, TMPCWA joins the regional workers activity on the same place.

While TMPCWA are very busy in celebrating the very important day of the workers in fighting demands of workers to bring to the public, the TMPCLO are busy doing the summer outing for their members. The TMPCLO together with the supervisory union and Toyota management are encouraging the members, to go to the resort and to swim. This is how these conniving yellow-union and the sweat-heart Toyota management are diverting the Toyota workers initiative.

  

  

 

 

 

  

   

 

LONG LIVE THE WORKERS OF THE WORLD!


 

March 17, 2009

 

TMPCWA STAGE PROTEST ACTION IN FRONT OF TOYOTA

 

Yesterday, March 16, 2009 TMPCWA stage protest in commemoration on the eight (8) years of illegal dismissal of Toyota management to some 233 members of TMPCWA last March 16, 2001.

  

The protest started at around 2:00 in the afternoon at the central terminal on public vehicles in Balibago Complex, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and stage one hour program by informing the public and exposing the illegal activities of Toyota against the workers and its continuing violation on the workers rights. After the program, TMPCWA, together with other unions who send delegations in support to the action of TMPCWA are marching along the road of Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz going in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa factory.

  

The workers from inside also join the illegally dismissed protesters after their working hours in support the actions of TMPCWA. Some workers riding in the shuttle busses have went out and witnessed the successful activity of TMPCWA. Illegally dismissed workers reminding them that TMPCWa still continuing the struggle and even in the eight years of sufferings because of massive unemployment of the illegally dismissed members, the fight will still continue.

  

There are many policemen arrive in the scene. Toyota called assistance from the provincial police thinking that the workers will afraid in their presence. The workers shouted and booing the police and shouted  not to listen in the dictate of Toyota.###

  

 

  

  

  

 

 


 

February 18, 2009

 

Watch the video of TMPCWA members still working inside the factory staging protest action inside the canteen of Toyota Sta. Rosa Plant. Please copy the URL and paste to browser or click the link below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OCuPPdth40

 

 Support Group of TMPCWA in Japan, Launch Protest Action in Front of Toyota Aichi Prefecture and Toyota Tokyo Headquarters condemning the inhuman activity of Toyota to the members of TMPCWA. The  Protesters are demanding the immediate reinstatement of the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA and a negotiation to discuss the resolution of the more than eight years of labor dispute between toyota and the TMPCWA.

 

   

   

   

 

 

TMPCWA members still working in Toyota Factory in Sta. Rosa Philippines launch protest action in support of the coordinated protest action from the illegally dismissed workers and the protest action in Toyota Tokyo headquarters in Japan and in Toyota Aichi prefecture in February 11 and 14, 2009.

 

    

 This photos was taken inside the canteen of Toyota Sta. Rosa plant. Dayshift workers and members of TMPCWA during the protest last February 13, 2009 between 11:00am-1200nn.

 

February 11, 2009

 

TMPCWA LAUNCH REGIONALLY COORDINATED PROTEST ACTION AGAINST TOYOTA IN FRONT OF THE JAPANESE EMBASSY IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROTEST ACTION OF THE SUPPORT GROUP FOR TMPCWA IN JAPAN IN FRONT OF THE TOYOTA TOKYO HEADQUARTERS AND TOYOTA AICHI PREFECTURE IN JAPAN.

 

Today February 11, 2009, TMPCWA stage a regionally coordinated protest action in front of the Japanese Embassy. There are lots of workers supports the protest including workers under Japanese owned factories who are experiencing same situations as TMPCWA.

 

Car workers alliance - Coalition of Autoworkers and Related Industries Against Imperialist Domination (CAR-AID) was also present to support the action of TMPCWA. Local Unions from Nissan, Honda, Keihin, Enkei, Chiyoda are all unions under Japanese corporations who also sent delegation to support TMPCWA and also to address all their problems under the unfair treatment of the Japanese companies to the workers.

 

Tomorrow, there will be a dialogue from the workers side and the Embassy officials to discuss the problem of the workers. The dialogue was initiated by TMPCWA.

 

After the Protest action in the Japanese embassy, all workers are proceeded to the Department of Justice, the Court of Appeals and the Office of the Secretary of the  Department of Labor and Employment to address all the concerns of the workers against Trade Union repression and political persecutions and killings.###

 

 

 

 

     

 


 

February 9, 2009

 

 Dear All,

 

 Please Check this article from Protest Toyota Campaign. This is an interview

 

 of the Japanese Magazine to TMPCWA-President which translated in English.

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Dear friends

 

We are pleased to present you the new issue of our newsletter “Protest Toyota Campaign” after long silence. We stopped the publication when TMPCWA launched its website as we respect TMPCWA’s work. In the meantime, the situations surrounding TMPCWA are getting more and more serious, such as stationing of the army unit near the union office and attempted assassination of Chair Ed. Ed talked about all the details to the interviewer in Philippines. The story was published in the January 2009 issue of Japanese magazine "Sekai (meaning the world)". We received many requests for English translation of the whole story. So here is what you requested. 

Before we start the interview, I brief you on the present Toyota. On January 29, Toyota Motor Corporation announced that the company would make the consolidated operating loss of 400 billion yen for the 2008 fiscal year (April, 2008 - March, 2009). It is the rapid downfall from the large profit in excess of 2 trillion for the past two successive years.Financial crisis slowed down the world car markets which then hit the operation of Toyota directly. Only in 2008 Toyota was the king of world car makers selling 8,970,000 cars exceeding GM, while it is heading into slump in 2009. Toyota also announced that it will cut the production in half at its major plants in Japan from the previous year starting this February. This is the same level of production as that of 30 years ago, when Japan was hit by the second oil crisis.

So the lay-off of workers is in the picture. Last fall, Toyota was the first to lay off many workers of non-regular employment especially dispatch workers. Other automakers followed the suit. Today, Japan has big problems of unemployment of non-regular workers en masse. Possibly Toyota would go ahead with the lay-off of regular workers as the second step, which will be followed by other Japanese automakers.  

            Productions overseas, such as plants in North America, are also being cut down. So, Toyota Philippines could be the next plant to close down due to the continued labor disputes.

 

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Protest Toyota Campaign

Newsletter 11

February 2008

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Doesn't Toyota lend an ear for workers' voice?

-Interview with President Ed Cubelo of TMPCWA(Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association) under the threat of assassination

 

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Introduction and Interview by Haruhi Tono

On August 22, 2008, at Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, TMPC (Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its business operation in Philippines with invited guests of 600 from all sectors in Philippines.

 

VIP guests toasted to the grand occasion on the platform. In the center stood petite President Arroyo with Mr. George Ty, Chairman of TMPC, Mr. Fujio Cho, Chairman of  TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation), Mr. Toshihiro Soejima, Vice President of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mr. Akira Okabe, Senior Executive Director of TMC in the left and Mr. Peter Favila, Secretary of the Department of trade and Industry, Mr. Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Mr. Hiroshi Ito, President of TMPC and Mr. Yasuro Takeuchi, President of Toyota Auto-Parts Corporation in the right. The picture of the smiling faces was on the cover page of the newsletter of TMPC.

 

At this instant, assassins were creeping up on Ed Cubelo (37 years old), President of TMPCWA. I hope you recall TMPCWA labor dispute reported in the December, 2006 issue of this journal under the title "What is Toyota doing in the Philippines?"  The outline is as follows;

 

TMPCWA was registered as an independent trade union in 1998. It was certified as the representative of the workers with the right of collective bargaining in March, 2000 by the Certification Election, but TMPC refused to negotiate with them. The Secretary of DOLE (the Department of Labor and Employment) held the public hearing in February, 2001. Over 300 union members participated in the hearing without TMPC’s permission of vacation because they believed that the hearing would be crucial for the progress of their labor dispute. On March 16, the Secretary of DOLE made the final ruling in favor of TMPCWA, giving the right of collective bargaining to TMPCWA.

 

On the same day, however, TMPC discharged 227 members (later added to 233 members) on the ground of absenteeism in violation of company regulations because they participated in the hearing. The union went on strike for two weeks demanding the withdrawal of members' dismissal.

 

TMPC put pressure on President Arroyo threatening that the industry might leave from Philippines unless the labor dispute was resolved immediately. While the difficult situations continued to the distress of union members, support from the international community came and spread.

 

On the other hand, TMPC made a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the pro-industry union TMPCLO (Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Labour Organization) in November, 2006, boxing TMPCWA in the corner.

 

According to KARAPATAN, a human-rights and ex-political-prisoner advocates' organization, the number of political killing dropped sharply to 69 in 2007 from 209 in 2006, under the pressure of protest from the international society. However, the number rose again in 2008, when 20 were killed in the period from January through June, with addition of 23 in three months of July through September, making the total of 43 victims. Some say that as the international interest is waning, assassins have become more active.

 

The interview with Mr. Ed took place in Manila on November 7,2008. Southern Tagalog region is the base of TMPC. It is known as dangerous region of concentrated murder incidents similar to the regions of Central Luzon and Bikol. We must keep in mind that some victims are workers for Japanese industries. Political killings in Philippines are not ending.

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Crisis of Political Killing

 

 

Tono: On August 22, 2008 TMPC held a gorgeous party in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its operation at a fancy hotel in Manila. Mr. Ed, please tell me what happened to you on that day.

 

Ed: I attended the workshop cosponsored by IMF (International Metalworkers' Federation) and MWAP (Metal Workers Alliance in the Philippines) on that day. An SMS-message came in my cellular phone from my wife around 5:30 p.m. while I was on my way to Manila with some of our oversea guests. It said, "You should be careful. A suspicious man is sneaking around our house.”

 

My brother-in-law and father noticed a strange man and kept a close look at him because he seemed to be sending SMS continuously while walking around our house.

He was gone for an hour or so in the early afternoon. Then he was back again and started to send SMS while he was moving from one position to another, looking around and into our house.  Then he disappeared again. He was back again at about 5:00 pm.

 

So my brother-in-law attempt to ask him what he was doing. He suddenly hurried away and walked fast until he came to the highway where another strange man was waiting in the motorcycle without the license plate. The first man rode on the back seat of the motorcycle which sped away. The driver covered his face with a helmet.

 

 

T: It sounds like a typical case of attempted assassination in Philippines, usual style of extra-judicial killings.

 

E: That's right. I have heard a lot about union leaders being murdered in the past years. My experience has many common elements with those in the past incidents. I was very much worried when I received the message from my wife. Then the fear struck me that I could be killed like many others. But the fear did not last long. It seemed that my family was more scared and worried than I was. They thought they were in the state of “emergency" of being close to the death of the family member on the day. They were waiting for me in front of the house. My wife was most worried. For several weeks after the incident, my eldest son (16), the eldest daughter (15), and the brother-in-law took turns as guard standing in front of the house looking out every day.

 

When I came home after long absence, I saw members of my family taking turns walking round the house to see if there is any suspicious man. Even younger children of 11 year-old and 13 year-old seem to understand what happened. Although they never talked about fears or worries, they rush to the scene whenever they hear a car and a motorcycle stop in front of the house, because they want to be sure about who is there right away.  Moreover, when a stranger questions them about me, they keep their mouth shut.

 

 

T: TMPCWA, of which Mr. Ed Cubelo is President, is active in the region of Southern Tagalog. There are many other leaders from trade unions, farmers' groups and urban poor who struggle in this area. To them, the situation is as difficult as that of Ed. They cannot go home for weeks and months.

 

E: Southern Tagalog is an industrial region where industrial complexes are concentrated where many people work every day.  More and more workers organize their trade unions to protect their rights. At the same time, tensions and conflicts between investors and trade unions are growing fast. As the local government likes the increased tax revenue from major industries, they tend to develop the region in the manner which caters to the need of the industries.

 

 

T: I have heard that many became victims of political killing or survived attempted assassinations.

 

E: According to CTUHR (the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights), a little more than 180 people became the victims of political killing in Southern Tagalog after Mrs. Arroyo took the office of president. Among the murdered, about ten were labor activists. What shocked and saddened us most was the assassination of  Diosdado Fortuna, who was shot to death in September, 2005. Mr. Fortuna, chairman of the Nestle labor union, was also the chairman of PAMANTIK (Solidarity of workers in Southern Tagalog-KMU). He was very much respected and loved by workers.

 

In March this year, Gerardo Cristobal, former President of EMI-Yazaki union was shot to death after having survived two attempts of assassination. Also in the past,  another labor leader of the Yazaki trade union were shot to death. I also hear that activists are under strict surveillance at Yazaki.

 

 

T: Yazaki is a subsidiary of Yazaki Corporation in Japan, which is a partner company of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. EMI-Yazaki employs 7000 to 8000 workers, and it is the manufacturer of the wire harness of auto-parts.  EMI-Yazaki union is a militant union which plays an important role in the labor movements in Cavite State which has many strong unions comparable to those in Southern Tagalog. 

 

E: Honda Motor Philippines trade union is known as a militant union in Laguna Province and its president was attacked by assassins.  Chairman Romeo Legaspi, who is also the chairman of PAMANTIK, was followed by two men on the motorcycle in October, 2005. They covered their faces with balaclava. Chairman Romeo was also riding his motorcycle at the time. The two men approached him and told him to stop. Sensing the imminent death if he had stopped, he continued to drive on and run away.  They almost caught up with him near the Toyota Plant in Santa Rosa. But he sped up his motor bike to make a desperate escape and finally managed to run into the factory of Honda in the Laguna Techno Park.

 

There was a demonstration around the Department of Justice in Manila on November 5 protesting the warrants which were issued for the arrest of 72 activists in Southern Tagalog. Vice chairman of a garment union was with the demonstration. When he and his brother-in-law came home, two men with helmet covering their faces showed up and shot them twice with the handgun of 45 calibers. Fortunately none of them were hurt.

  

 

Criminal prosecution based on the fabricated charges

 

 

T: Activists in Southern Tagalog must live in the state of perpetual fear and anxiety due to frequent incidents of murder and attempted murder.

 

E: Yes, activists in Southern Tagalog are very careful and take double and triple precautions against assassination attempts. In addition, we now face the increasing risk of being accused of a criminal on fabricated charges. In late October, arrest warrants were issued to so-called ST72, 72 activists in Southern Tagalog, with the charges of multiple murder and attempted frustrated murder. The police held 72 activists responsible for the death of policemen of the Philippines National Police during the uprising of NPA (New People's Army) in Mindoro in March, 2006. These 72 are workers from different sectors, of which some are lawyers and researchers at research institutes. 11 labor activists received the arrest warrants including Mr. Romeo, the above-mentioned Chairman of Honda union as well as PAMANTIK and Ms. Luz Baculo, Secretary General of PAMANTIK. All of them claim that charges are fabricated.

 

For example, Mr. Romeo has been threatened by attempted assassination. So  simple daily routine of going to work and coming home was dangerous to him.. However, at the time of uprising in Mindoro, he was working at the company with his colleagues. Moreover, some people claim that they have never been to Mindoro in their life while some others claim that they were sick in bed.

 

 

T: How many people have been arrested so far? 

 

E: Yesterday, another man was arrested. Five men seem to have been taken into custody at the base of armed forces in Canlubang. After going through  procedures, they will probably be transferred to Mindoro. The rest of them are hiding, but some appear at protest rallies to appeal to the public about the fabricated charges.

 

 

Presence of a Military Detachment in the Neighborhood of the Trade Union Office.

 

 

T: Another shocking thing is that a military detachment came to your neighborhood and was stationed near the union office in Santa Rosa since the beginning of this year. Could you tell me how it happened?

 

E: Barangay (the smallest local government unit in the Philippines) where our union office is located is called Pulong Santa Cruz.  Barangay covers the wide area where Toyota factories, Nissan factories, and Coca-Cola plants are located. In January, 2008, Mayor of Santa Rosa sent a letter to the Chief of Barangay, requesting him to give permission to the deployment of the Unit 202nd of the National Army. And the Chief responded by an unofficial letter that Barangay agreed to the deployment of the Army as part of community service. The Community Service usually means the deployment of a medical support unit, crime prevention activities and other duties of the army. That is how Unit 202nd came to be stationed 50 meters away from our office since January, 2008.

 

On the morning of January 24, three uniformed soldiers came to the door of the union office for the first time, and summoned a person inside. There was only a trainee who rented a bed in the office. He said that he got questioned like "Does this office make a banner of KMU?" and "When they call each other, do they call each other by attaching KA ? "  KA is a prefix to indicate “comrade".  Members of Communist Party call each other like that. Of course, there is no such fact .We do make banners of our union, however

 

When they appeared for the second time in the morning of February 4, our members handled them. One of them said, "We want to question you about the national census." Our member responded by saying "The Office of National Statistics should be responsible for the census. It is not the job of the military establishment. Please go to the town office if you desire to know about national census."  The surveillance continued on and around the union office ever since.

 

Some of the military men stay in the army post, while others sleep in the quarter at the TMPC premise, from where they go to the army post. So, there are many military men who come and go as they please in the factory of Toyota. I have heard that those military men were sent from the outside of Laguna for intelligence purpose.

 

 

T: General Jovito Palparan, commander of the Unit 202, is described as the mastermind of many political killings in the reports.

 

E: We believe that they have been stationed somewhere in the vast premise of Toyota since last year. Some heard from the factory guard that there is a quarter for the military men in the Toyota premise.

 

It seemed that the military has been preparing for the construction of the army post for their contingent force by investigating the union office and its neighborhood. But they rarely showed up in public, especially before the workers. The workers saw the uniformed men come and go by car inside the premise.

 

 

T: I suppose that it must have been long since you first saw military men walking in and around the Toyota factory.

 

E: We began to see them around when the certification election took place in February, 2006. Workers wondered why there were uniformed men in the factory.

Moreover, some of the union members got questioned about the names of TMPCWA members.

 

 

H: I noticed a police station right next to the main gate of Toyota factory.

 

E: Five policemen are stationed there. They are dispatched from the Laguna State headquarter of PNP (Philippine National Police). They have not done any harassment to the union or its members so far. But when workers demonstrate in front of the factories of Toyota, Nissan, or Nestle etc., they rush to the scene and watch the workers.

 

 

TMPC hires Military Officials as Consultants to Obstruct Union Activities.

 

 

E: It was the traditional business practice of TMPC to hire high ranking military officials as consultant since its foundation. For example, the first consultant was General Angel Kanapi, a high official of the Philippines Military Academy. Now, General Dionisio Santiago is the Consultant, who is former Commander of the Armed Forces of Philippines. Some other former military officers were working for TMPC in the security section. Not only Toyota but also other multinational corporations hire military personnel as Consultant. Justification for the practice is the countermeasure against the union movement. TMPC executives seem to expect that former military officers are useful in providing TMPC with protections in many ways, when the labor dispute gets tough.

 

 

T: You told me that handbills were distributed in the factory, carrying defamatory messages about TMPCWA in August 2008.

 

E: Yes, that's true. Although there was no signature on the handouts, we tend to think that those bills were made and distributed by the management of TMPC. The handbills were placed everywhere including ID card checkers and production lines where most people come around. The handbills say that TMPCWA is affiliated with the Communist Party. So dismissed workers who belong to the union are under the influence of the Communist Party. Probably there are two objectives in distributing such handbills. The first one is to intimidate the workers. The other is to give the impression that even if we became the victims of political killings, it is our fault because we are the enemy of the country. TMPC wants to show that it has nothing to do with the killings of union members.

 

 

T: What do union members think of the presence of the military unit in their neighborhood?

 

E: Some of them are afraid, others are angry at the harassment, and still others complain that they are treated like criminals. Some residents in the region express dissatisfaction saying "Why are the military men here instead of performing their duty in a battlefield? “  As a matter of fact, majority of residents were very much afraid. The area is practically under martial law without proclamation.

 

 

T: Could you let me know the size of the detachment of the Unit 202 and whether or not it is deployed somewhere else outside Santa Rosa?

 

E: An ordinary detachment consists of about 60 soldiers. The Unit 202 detachment is stationed in Cabuyao as well as in Santa Rosa. Nestle Philippines is located in Cabuyao.  So the Unit 202 was stationed inside the factory of Nestle to supervise the activities of the Nestle trade union before they came to TMPC. As mentioned previously, many union activists of Nestle as well as urban poor live in the relocation housing project in Southville in the vicinity of the Nestle’s factories.

 

 

T: Deployment of the military unit in the premise of the industries and the crisis of political killings are not limited to TMPCWA or Southern Tagalog. We have to look into the matter in view of much larger political background, specifically, national strategy called Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch).

 

E: It is said that Opland Bantay Laya started in 2001. But I also heard that it is a copy of a US plan, which was developed to suppress the dissidents. Its aim has become more comprehensive; not only NPA (New People's Army) but also leaders of labor movements became the targets. As of today 900 men were victimized by political killing. Philippine people started to raise the voice of condemnation against the Government.

 

Yet President Arroyo decided to extend Oplan Bantay Laya to 2010 instead of ending it in 2006. She considers it as the pillar of her political strategy to suppress dissidents in cooperation with the U.S. untill 2010, when her term expires. In Oplan Bantay Laya II, she changed her strategy from political killing to political prosecution. Like ST72 which was mentioned previously, she would fabricate the criminal charges so as to intimidate activists and to weaken the movements.

 

 

Judgment which nullified the rights of workers.

 

 

T: Since 2001 TMPCWA has been struggling in three law suits in connection with unfair dismissal of employees, right of collective bargaining, and criminal charges. The lawsuits have been shelved for a few years. Now they receive unfavorable rulings one after another after the DOLE ruled that TMPCLO had the right of collective bargaining in July, 2006.

 

E: When the members of TMPCWA were dismissed on the ground of violation of company regulations, the union appealed to NLRC (National Labor Relations Commission) that dismissal was unjust, while TMPC argued that the strike of TMPCWA was illegal.  NLRC's ruling was in favor of TMPC although it did order TMPC to pay severance pay.

 

When TMPCWA appealed to the Court of Appeal, the Court first ruled that TMPC does not have to pay compensation as long as employees’ dismissal was caused by illegal strike. But the union appealed to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration, to which the Court delivered the second ruling that TMPC has to pay the compensation. Furthermore, it was appealed to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court delivered the judgment in October, 2007. The judgment said that TMPC did not have to pay the compensation because the workers were dismissed on the ground of an illegal strike. The Court went so much as to say that the strike was anachronism.

 

Although TMPCWA filed an appeal for reconsideration to the Supreme Court, the appeal was dismissed in April this year.  So TMPCWA submitted a petition that the case should be examined by the grand bench. But the petition was rejected. So the judgement of the Supreme Court has become final and binding. Amazing thing about the judgment is a ruling that the company regulations are more important than the constitution which guarantees workers' right of association. We consider this judgment as the slaughter of workers' rights.

 

 

T: What happened to the case where TMPCWA was denied the right of collective bargaining?

 

E: The Secretary of DOLE intervened, resulting in the final arbitration which gave TMPCWA the right of collective bargaining on March 16, 2001. TMPC, dissatisfied with the arbitration, appealed to the Court of Appeal, demanding temporary restraining order followed by preliminary injunction which they obtained in the end.

TMPCWA appealed to the Supreme Court with a complaint that the preliminary injunction of the Court of Asppeal was invalid. The Supreme Court ruled that preliminary injunction was unlawful and ordered TMPC to start the negotiation with TMPCWA in September, 2003.  Then, TMPC appealed to the Supreme Court for reconsideration, which was rejected. So the ruling was made final in January, 2004. However, TMPC refused to negotiate with TMPCWA on the excuse that the major lawsuits were still pending at the Court of Appeal.

 

With regard to the right of collective bargaining, TMPCWA was struggling in two lawsuits filed by TMPC which refused to negotiate with TMPCWA. In 2006, TMPCWA newly filed two lawsuits against TMPCLO, TMPC, and DOLE with regard to the new election for the certification of trade unions in February, 2006.

 

In September, 2007, recommendation was made to unify the four lawsuits, which all the parties involved complied and took appropriate procedures. Recently in April, the Court of Appeal ruled that TMPCWA does not have the right of collective bargaining on the grounds that TMPCLO won the certification election. TMPCWA is filing an appeal to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration of the case.

 

 

T:  What happened to the criminal charges?

 

E: This is about an incident which took place in April of 2001. The security guards of TMPC accused 26 dismissed workers, who belong to our union, complaining that they intimidated the guards by glaring and throwing dirty languages at them during the strike of TMPCWA in April, 2001. As TMPC filed official charges, we paid the bail to avoid the arrest of our members. As of now, we passed the stage of pleading not guilty. But the case is still pending. Eventually ten out of 26 decided to receive the compensation for their dismissal. Their charges were dropped right away.

 

 

T: What are the reactions of dismissed union members to the unfavorable ruling of the Supreme Court?

 

E: When the ruling was made final in August, we had a gathering; and we heard different reactions from the dismissed workers. Some said that workers can no longer expect favorable ruling as the Supreme Court was under the influence of Toyota.  Others worried about the impact of the ruling on the future of our movement. And still others were depressed that no justice would prevail from now on. We discussed further on many occasions and reached the consensus that we should stay united and continue to fight against TMPC for the reinstatement of workers in other ways than legal means now that  we lost the case at the court. TMPC continues to pay the compensation to the dismissed workers. But 97 members of our union refuse to receive the payment and continue to be active members of TMPCWA.

 

 

T: I understand that TMPC employs 1200 regular workers and 500 irregular workers at their factories. I also heard that 102 members of TMPCWA are still working in the factory. I wonder if they were harassed by the management.

 

E: They have been harassed by the management in many ways. The worst of its kind struck Vice President Wenecito Urgel who is the leader of the factory workers.  He was taken off the production line where he had worked as a painter. He has no regular work. Every day he is given a odd job or two like sweeping the factory floors.   As many union members tried to contact him by phone, the management made arrangements to prevent him from using TMPC phones. Also when he goes to a toilet, a security guard accompanies him.

 

Other members, especially leaders, were also taken off the production line on the excuse of “KAIZEN", and the contract workers took over their work. The Grievance Committee was set up consisting of union leaders of TMPCWA and others inside the factory.

They often refused to take up the complaints of our members saying that TMPCWA does not have the right of collective bargaining. Yet we use this mechanism to bring up the problems of workers to the management. TMPCWA also submitted the complaints about the harassment on its members to Department of Labor and Employment.

 

 

T: I understand that TMPC has introduced contract workers and started outsourcing .

 

E: There is a move to reduce the number of regular workers. Starting this year, regular workers were taken off the waste water treatment and forklift maintenance sections replacing them with outsourcing. Regular workers are being removed from the workshop.

 

 

T: What is the reaction of TMPCLO to outsourcing?

 

E: TMPCLO says that outsourcing is a necessity for the survival of TMPC .But some members of TMPCLO are critical about their union's position which defends TMPC.

 

 

For the Future.

 

 

T: What did Toyota Japan and the Japanese Government say about the possible assassination of yourself and the presence of the military detachment ?

 

E: We sent a letter to President Katsuaki Watanabe informing the presence of the military detachment in February, but we received no reply. When we visited Japan in September, we met an official at Tokyo headquarter and told him what happened to me on August 22. The official told me that Toyota is going to investigate the matter.

 

We also met a governmental official, who is an NCP (national contact point) in Japan for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In 2004, we submitted complaints about the practice of TMPC in violation of the OECD Guidelines. However, the Japanese NCP has not taken any concrete measures to improve the situation. I told him about the possible assassination attempt on me and the presence of the military detachment. His answer "Is there a concrete evidence for that” made me very angry. So I said, “Isn't it your job to come to Philippines and investigate the truth?"  It seemed to me that neither Toyota Japan nor the Japanese Government is concerned with those two incidents.

 

 

T: What demand do you have toward Toyota or the Japanese government?

 

E: Toyota is not tackling the issue seriously enough in the first place. Toyota Philippines completely ignored the ruling of the Supreme Court in September, 2003 to start the collective bargaining with TMPCWA. We are determined to continue to fight until we get what we want, campaigning hard in and outside Philippines.

 

I suspect that the Japanese government is very much influenced by Toyota. Since all that Japanese Government seems to care about is Toyota, we sort of gave up on her. However, if you insist, I would say that the Japanese Government should exercise her power and authority to guide Japanese multinational companies in the direction that they would respect more of local laws in the country in which they are operating.

 

 

T:  You have reported the possible assassination attempts to ILO. What is the reaction from ILO? 

 

E: With regard to political killings, ILO stated that “the Committee requests the Government to take all necessary measures to guarantee the security of the TMPCWA officials and to keep it informed in this respect in the Introduction to the Report of CFA  of June, 2008 “.

I hope that ILO will dispatch a high-level investigative mission to find out the military involvement in the labor dispute.

 

 

T: What appeal would you like to make to Japanese people?

 

E: I hope that all the trade unions, citizens' groups, and human rights groups would continue to support the struggle of TMPCWA. If possible, please send an investigative team to Philippines to make a field survey of the labor situation in Philippines. I also would like Japanese Diet members to visit Philippines and meet our progressive lawmakers here so that they can help recover justice of not only TMPCWA but also all the workers whose rights have been deprived of.

 

 

T:  It looks like that the situations are getting even more difficult in these days, such as unfavorable judgment, presence of a military detachment. What are your plans for the future?

 

E: It is most important that all the union members get united so that we can continue our struggle. And I would like to establish solidarity of local workers in cooperation with local labor movements in the area. For instance, in March 2008, we walked from Laguna to Manila for five days so that inhabitants of the area would know there are three major labor movements of Toyota, Nissan, and Nestle in the area before we protested the government. Many union members of TMPCWA marched along with many from trade unions in the same area. On the last day in Manila, 400 workers visited Toyota Dealers shops, DOLE office, Japanese Embassy, High Court and the Supreme Court of Justice and finally to the Malacanang Palace, the official residence of President Arroyo. Labor disputes at the above three multinationals have many things in common. Disregard or the lack of respect for the rulings of the Supreme Court of Philippines is one of them.

 

On the international level, we have been reporting our problems to ILO and OECD while we filed a lawsuit at a Japanese court. We are grateful to the support from our umbrella organization, All Japan Shipbuilding and Engineering Union Kanto Regional Council, as well as citizen’s group called “Support Group of TMCPWA”.  We are also supported by international labor organizations like IMF (International Metalworkers’ Federation) and human rights organizations like the Peoples Solidarity in France.

Through various activities during the annual international campaign in cooperation with Japanese supporters, we would like to further extend solidarity with international workers.

 

We have never violated any law nor have we done anything illegal. And we believe that we are fighting for the right of world’s workers not just for the members of our trade union.

 

 

Ed Cubelo; President, TMPCWA (Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association)

Tono Haruhi:, She investigates activities of multinational enterprises and its regulation through her affiliation with Yokohama Action Research Center, Support Group of TMPCWA as well as ALTERNMOND.

 

 

********************************************************************************The interview appeared in the January 2009 issue of a Japanese monthly magazine "Sekai". "Sekai" is well known as an opinion leader in Japan, to which many valuable Contributions have been made by progressive intellectuals including academics and journalists.


 

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Protest Toyota Campaign (Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan)

E-mail: Protest-Toyota@list.jca.apc.org

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA )

E-mail: tmpcwa@edsamail.com.ph : http://www.tmpcwa.org

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Please click to open and download the file-  ..\..\..\Desktop\PTC 11.doc

 


 

December 25, 2008

 

THE 8th-YEAR ANNUAL GATHERING OF TMPCWA

 

On December 21, 2008, TMPCWA have launch the Year-End General Meeting, for the illegally dismissed members in a very simple but meaningful event. This is another victorious achievement of TMPCWA. In this eight-year of untiring struggle of the workers, specially the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA, we would like to recognized all their efforts and commitments. 

 

Despite of the very difficult situation and living condition, as well as the very unfair judicial system of the estate, the members of TMPCWA are still standing and united. The illegally dismissed members promised to continue the fight against the imbalance policies of Toyota-DOLE- Court of Appeals-Supreme Court-Yellow Union (TMPCLO-TMPCSU) and the Estate.

 

We would like to share this event to all the friends and supporters of TMPCWA.

 

The struggle will continue...

 

wishing you all for a meaningful Christmas and a new year with full of struggle.

 

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

    

    

   MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!


 

 November 30, 2008

 

On September 30, the Supreme Court Second Division released its final judgment (Entry of Judgment), to the case of Illegal Dismissal/ Illegal Strike. The decision is again one-sidedly favoring Toyota management that the dismissal was legal.

 

The Supreme Court did not even look the appeal of TMPCWA to the Supreme Court En Banc to review the case because of the very sensitive issues concerning the constitutionality of the decision of the Second Division.

 

Eversince the Second Division headed by Justice Prisbetero Velasco, has not been fair to the workers and always favoring the interest of the capital as it is also releases many decisions favoring capitalist.

 

Supreme Court Entry of Judgment click here:  SC-Entry of Judgment 2008

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Immediately after receiving the Entry of Judgment from the Suprme Court on October 10, TMPCWA calls a meeting with the illegally dismissed members and discussed the position of TMPCWA. The dismissed members united shouting to continue the struggle and not accepting the illegal and unconstitutional decision of the Supreme Court.

 

The illegally dismissed members and the entire members of TMPCWA will not tolerate the connivance of the Supreme Court and Toyota in destroying the constitutional rights of the workers to freedom of association the right to strike.

 

 

  

Photos taken in the illegally dismissed members meeting.

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TMPCWA sent a ltter to Toyota Management reiterating the position of TMPCWA regarding the latest Supreme Court decision.

 

To download the letter of TMPCWA click here: letter.jpg / letter2.jpg

Appeal of TMPCWA: REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES


 

  Please read this: statement against harassment.docx

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Send Protest Mails

You can send protest mails to Watanabe Katsuaki, President, Toyota Motor Corporation and to Gloria Arroyo, President of the Philippines. Please send Cc: copy to Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) (tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com).

No need to touch the content of those mails, but if you want, you can modify the content.
 


Protest Mail to Toyota HQ President

To:
Mr. Katsuaki Watanabe
Toyota Motor Corporation-Japan
Email: katsuaki.watanabe@mail.Toyota.co.jp

 


Protest Mail to Philippine Government

To
President Gloria Arroyo
E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph



 

 September 1, 2008

 

The Third Anti-Toyota Global Campaign

 From September 13 to 19, 2008

 

 Appeal for Protest Action

Against Toyota Motor Corporation

 

                                                                                     August 10, 2008

 

              Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)

    Represented by Ed Cubelo, President

 

                     Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

 

                       Represented by Masamichi Yamagiwa, Joint Representative

 

 

To all supporting parties,   

 

Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the struggle of the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA).

 

As the TMPCWA has been demanding the start of collective bargaining, cancellation of dismissals of the 233 workers and their reinstatement, it is already the eighth year of this struggle. From September 13 to 19 this year, we will have a third global campaign against Toyota. Concerning this campaign, we would like to call for the following two actions to our friends and supported.

 

(1) Global protest action against Toyota

 

In Japan, we will invite President Ed.G.Cubelo and Vice President WENECITO ALCALA URGEL of the TMPCWA and organize protest action with the two, targeting the Toyota Headquarters. We are also calling for various protest actions around the world against Toyota establishments and Japanese embassies.

 

(2) Protest messages to the Toyota Headquarters and the Philippines Arroyo administration

 

We are calling for concentrated deliveries of protest letters, facsimile messages and e-mail messages to the Toyota Headquarters and the Arroyo administration between September 13 and 19.

 

For these eight years, Toyota has been relentlessly attacking the TMPCWA in concerted effort with the Philippine government in order to replace it with a company union. To threaten and keep watch on the TMPCWA, they even deployed military troops in January this year on the same street as the union office is located, and that only several buildings ahead of it.

 

It has been revealed more clearly than ever that this union-busting policy of Toyota is not peculiar to their practices in the Philippines.

 

Mr. Okuda, Chairman of Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, has been taking the lead to deregulate Japan's labor market. This deregulation has led to today's social trends in Japan that the number of non-permanent employees have exceeded one third of the total work force, a tremendous number of the working poor, suicides over 30,000 every year, and outbreaks of indiscriminate homicides in desperation such as the Akihabara case.

 

As evidenced by the Uchino karoshi (death from overwork) case, it has been revealed that Toyota imposes excessively long overtime as well as overtime without pay leading to karoshi and mental disorder. Findings about results of outrageous cost reduction effort at Toyota include illegal labor practices at its subcontractors, including disguised worker dispatches, illegal consignment and temporary external transfers, failure to provide extra pay for overtime or to pay social health care benefits or pension payment, failure to allow paid annual leave, hiding of occupational accidents, failure to pay wages, and illegal dismissals of employees. We have also found that they even employ slave labor under so-called called an on-the-job trainee system.

 

Those show the "profit first" attitude of Toyota that they may sacrifice workers' mental or physical health as well as their living for greater gains, which have been driving their union-busting practices in the Philippines, for example and rampant illegalities today. Now awareness is growing among workers around the world that "environment-friendly Toyota" is just a delusive image. They are learning how important it is to make the global enterprise Toyota change their policy to comply with the international work standards at Toyota Motor Corporation and within the entire Toyota Group including their subcontractors and suppliers.

 

In the US, the National Labor Committee has published "The Toyota You Don't Know," marking the start of the global campaign against Toyota.

 

Toward the third Anti-Toyota Global Campaign, we have already received protest letters addressed to Toyota and the Arroyo administration from more than 500 organizations in Japan. Let us collect the power of workers and citizens of the world in this mass protest and give greater pressure on Toyota and the Arroyo administration.

 

(1) We are calling for protests against Toyota in various forms.

 

With protest action against the Toyota Headquarters in Japan highlighted, we would like to see protest actions against Toyota and Japanese embassies around the world. Our action plan for Japan is as follows:

 

September 14 (Sunday): Protest action In Nagoya, at 13:45, in front of the Toyota Building near the station

 

September 15 (Monday): Request action at the Toyota Headquarters, at 7:30

 

September 17 (Wednesday): Request action at the Tokyo main office, at 16:50

 

(2) We are calling for protest letters, faxes and e-mail messages to the Toyota Headquarters and the Arroyo administration.

 

Please concentrate protests to the Toyota Headquarters and the Arroyo administration between September 13 to 19 by letter, facsimile and/or e-mail. Their addresses are cited below. Also, please forward your protest messages also to the Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan (Supporters for the Global Campaign).

 

Addresses for protest messages:

President Katsuaki Watanabe of Toyota Motor Corporation

E-mail: katsuaki_watanabe@mail.Toyota.co.jp

Fax: 81-565-23-1231

Street address: Postal code 471-8571, 1 Toyotacho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture

 

President Arroyo of the Philippine government

E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph

Fax:+63(2)736-1010

 

  Street address: Malacanang Palace Mendiola Street San Miguel Manila, Philippines

 

The Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan (Supporters for the Global Campaign)

E-mail: protest-toyota@list.jca.apc.org

Fax: 81-45-575-1948

Street address: Sun Corpo Toyooka 505, 20-9 Toyookacho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama

 

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Sample protest letter.

President Arroyo,

The Philippines Government,

                       Date:    ,2008

 

                                                  Name of the organization:

 (Your name)

 

                                                  Name of the representative:

             (Name of the organization you belong to)

 

Dear President,

 

 In support of the struggle of the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) for initiation of collective bargaining and cancellation of the dismissals of 233 workers, we hereby request Toyota Motor Corporation to meet our demand as stated below.

 

1. Withdraw the troops from the street where the TMPCWA head office stands and stop the harassment of union members by troops. From the Santa Rosa Plant, withdraw the Laguna Industrial Park Police Advisory Group Headquarters. Stop allowing the military to enter the Santa Rosa Plant.

 

2. Comply with the ILO recommendations and secure workers' rights to association, to collective bargaining and to strike. Comply with the 2003 Supreme Court ruling and see to it that collective bargaining with the TMPCWA starts. Comply with the ILO recommendations, have the dismissals of 233 union members cancelled. Do not assist the union-busting attack on the TMPCWA.

 


 

 

 August 5, 2008

 

Toyota in its 20 years in the Philippines:

TWO DECADES OF EXPLOITATION AND REPRESSION IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT

  

  

 (Photos were taken last August 1, 2008 in front of Toyota Santa Rosa plant. TMPCWA stage protest-action against the 20th year of Toyota continuous exploitation and repression in the labor movement in the Philippines. Union members from inside the factory went out during the lunch time to join the protest)

 

 “ 20 Years, Driving Tomorrow”. This is the newest commercial slogan of Toyota, inviting people to come along in the future. Toyota wishes to speed up to the future to cover up its dark past, its horrible “blood debts”.

 

Toyota took on the 20-year pedestal of corporate prestige and huge market shares at the expense of its labor, taking 20 years of sweat and blood. Without its Filipino workers - exploited and repressed for the sake of super profits - Toyota would not have reached the pedestal it boasts of today.

 

In the 1970s, Delta Motors manufactured Toyota vehicles.  By the early 1980s, Delta Motors then owned by Dante Silverio, seized operation after the Marcos dictatorial government sequestered all its assets.

 

Delta Motors reopened in 1988 under the name Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation.  Metrobank Philippines, Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan), and Mitsui Corporation (Japan) jointly owned the company.  From a leased plant in Bicutan, Toyota expanded and established manufacturing in the outskirts of Manila.  The expansion built the 82-hectare Toyota plant, declared as a Special Economic Zone, in Santa Rosa, Laguna after the few years.

 

Toyota continued to expand. In 2007, it bought another large chunk of land estimating more than 200 hectares in Cagayan de Oro.  The Philippine dealership numbered to more than 40 outlets in the course of its 20-year operation in the country.  Twenty years sure did become profitable for Toyota doing business in the Philippines!

 

And what about the Filipino workers in Toyota after 20 years?

 

Meager salary and benefits are all what the workers get from the fruits of their labor in Toyota.  Aside from the company’s huge gains in profit, workers are being extracted of their very last cent.  In 1992, AOTS (Filipino workers sent to train and work in Toyota Japan) revealed 13 Toyota managers extorted money from their salaries and allowances aside from the gifts they were obliged to give to the managers after coming back from Japan.

 

From this revelation, the workers were ignited and started to stand up.  The workers stood united not only on the issue of corrupt bosses but much on fighting for their rights. Angel Dimalanta used to lead the workers, however, he betrayed the cause of his fellow workers when he entered into a compromised deal with the management. 

 

By 1997, union TMPCEWU was formed.  Trying to nip in the bud, Toyota management immediately worked to crush the union.  The management used seven (7) union members to denounce and betray the union in exchange for possible promotions.  TMPCEWU collapsed.

 

The militant and anti-imperialist union TMPCWA was formed in 1998.  The management again employed its dirty tactics just so to bust the union.  The management used the Asian financial crisis hitting hard on workers as a leverage to offer a voluntary separation program (VSP).  However, the union snubbed at the offer.  Being a devout Toyota puppet, the traitor Dimalanta was again used to form the supervisory union to counter TMPCWA’s efforts to organize the supervisors.

 

TMPCWA won the certification election on March 8, 2000 and was legally recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on March 16, 2001 as sole and exclusive bargaining agent.  However, in the guise of the repressive company rules and regulations, Toyota management dismissed 233 union leaders and members on March 16, 2001.

 

After the mass dismissal, Toyota started hiring “contractuals.” These agency-hired workers received only US$6 a day. This even more brought Toyota a large profit in exchange for small wage and non-existing benefits for the majority workers.

 

While sowing fear of being laid off among the workers, Toyota installed the TMPCLO union.  TMPCLO lost in a certification election with TMPCWA, but was outrightly recognized by the management.  In the case of their union recognition, TMPCWA’s appeal to the International Labor Organization (ILO) and gaining a favourable decision from the Philippine Supreme Court, the company was instructed to implement and respect the rule of law.  However, instead of complying, a ready-made collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was signed between Wilson Lomotos of the yellow TMPCLO and the management. 

 

By coming to terms with a bogus union such as the TMPCLO and paying no attention to the decision of the highest court in the Philippines proved Toyota’s influence and outright disrespect for the country’s laws and jurisprudence.

 

On October 2007 and April 2008, the Supreme Court made a massacre decision regarding TMPCWA’s case, thereby reversing its earlier favorable decision as already “moot and academic”.  The workers, continued to consolidate and strengthen its ranks.  Because of the unmoved determination of the workers, Toyota management sought the deployment of armed elements of the 202nd Infantry Unifier Brigade of the Philippine Army.  In the guise of “community organizing and development”, the military encamped itself in the community where TMPCWA’s union office is located to intimidate and put workers under surveillance.

 

Elements and the outpost of the Laguna Industrial Park Police Assistance Group (LIPPAG) in front of the Toyota Special Economic Zone add to the military’s psychological intimidation to observe and neutralize all Toyota workers’ activities.

 

Toyota has been freely implementing its long term plan of “contractualization “ and “out-sourcing” wherein the actual estimate of contractual employees are now closing to 70% against 30% of regular workers. This is due to the Long term Plan of Toyota based on its “Jiritsuka plan up to 2010.”  Morever, the yellow union TMPCLO, are doing nothing to prevent the contractualization plan of the Toyota in which a major threat in the security of tenure of the regular workers. More and more workers from Toyota are resigning and are seeking greener and stable jobs abroad rather than to stay and work in Toyota Philippines.

 

Where the workers are going after the 20 years of Toyota and what are the necessary actions that workers need to do?

 

Redundancy, mass dismissal, and terminations are awaiting for the Toyota workers. Contractualization is an all-time high. Out-sourcing and sub-contracting are already being carried out in some departments inside the factory, workers are being laid off left and right. The yellow unions of TMPCLO and TMPCSU are just standing by and continue allowing the anti-workers policies of the management. Another problem is the recent signing of agreement between the corrupt Government of Arroyo and the Japanese government regarding the JPEPA (Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement) that can legally remove all tariffs on Japanese products that are entering into the country, worst it will going to protect the anti-workers policy of Japanese Corporation in the Philippines. Nothing can stop the Toyota management of offering VSP (Voluntary Separation Program) to its long-time employee and replace by new contractual workers and agency workers in their place.

 

The workers need to be vigilant in every event that are slowly unfolding and they should always have a critical mind on the issues at hand. Lets not wait before Toyota will “KAIZEN” the workers. We should always bear in mind that the only hope for all the workers is to unite and to carry on the banner of a genuine Union who can fight the company against repression. In unity, we can be stronger to protect the lives and lively-hood of the workers. We need to consciously combine all our strength and mobilize, to protect and promote the workers rights and to remove from power those so-called “yellow leader” who had been conniving with the Capitalist for a long time.

 

JUSTICE FOR THE 233 ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

ADVANCE THE GENUINE UNION INSIDE TOYOTA!

 

FIGHT FOR THE SECURITY OF TENURE OF THE REGULAR WORKERS!

 

OPPOSE AND FIGHT AGAINST CONTRACTUALIZATION!

 

JUNK JPEPA!

 

LONGLIVE THE WORKING CLASS!


 

 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

August 4, 2008

 

Dear all friends and supporters of TMPCWA.

 

As the anti-Toyota global day of protest is getting nearer, we the TMPCWA together with the Support group of TMPCWA in Japan are busy preparing for the campaign. We already sent emails to our friends and supporters informing all of you that we would like to ask your signature and organization to be included in our appeal letter to the Philippine Government and Toyota Motor Corporation Japan.

 

The demands of TMPCWA and the Support Group in Japan are written in the sample letter (please click the link below). You can make your own statement and put your signature and organization and send it totmpcwa1998@yahoo.com.

 

If possible, please forward this information to all of your network of friends and organization. We need to show all the support against the inhuman behavior and anti-workers policies and activities of Toyota, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world.

 

We are looking positively in your response in this preparation and your warm support to the Philippine Toyota workers struggle.

 

Thank you very much!

 

With sincere solidarity!

 

ED Cubelo

President-TMPCWA

 

 

Please click this link to open the file (sample appeal letter)

 

 


 

 May - June 2008

 

 TMPCWA VISIT ILO, FRANCE AND GERMANY TO BUILD SOLIDARITY!

 

 Last May 25 - June 8 Ed Cubelo the Union President of TMPCWA together with the General Secretary of the ZENZOSEN and member of the Support group for TMPCWA in Japan visit ILO to lobby the case of TMPCWA. Including in the ILO lobby are meetings with other trade union organizations in preparations for the upcoming international protest action against Toyota by TMPCWA and the Support Group in Japan. TMPCWA also visit the International Metalworkers Federation Headquarters in Geneva and discuss the present situation.

 

 

 

 From June 9 to 12, Ed visit the Peoples Solidarity (Peuples Solidaires) to personally thanks them regarding its campaign and continuing support in the struggle. Peoples Solidarity arrange meetings with Trade Unions and Labor centers in France namely the CFDT (Confederation Francais Du Travail) and the CGT (Confederation General de Travails) where the Toyota union in Vallencienne is a member. The media interview to Ed from the office of the Peoples Solidarity in Rennes was also published.  All the Organization whom Ed met has promise to support the international protest campaign in September.

 

In June 13 to 17, Ed visit Germany and meet automobile workers in Dusseldorf and in Bochum. Ed invited all the organizations of autoworkers specially the International Automobile Workers Council (IAWC) to support the September campaign. Ed also had a chance to join meetings with other workers and joins in a Monday Rally in Dusseldorf.

 

 All organizations confirmed their commitment in the September Anti-Toyota protest campaign###.

 


 

May 2008 Updates:

 

Labor Day Celebration for TMPCWA!

 

TMPCWA joins the worldwide celebrations of Labor Day together with the inside and illegally dismissed members in Calamba Laguna. Many workers from different unions also participated.

 

TMPCWA had a chance to speak in the stage to address to all the workers about present situation of TMPCWA and exposing the strong connivance of the Supreme Court and Toyota and the Arroyo regime by releasing distorted and unconstitutional decision to the illegal dismissal case that becomes illegal strike. TMPCWA also expose the military harassment from the 202nd Infantry Unifier Brigade to TMPCWA officials and active members.

 

    

  

 


 

April 28, 2008

 

The Fight is Still On!!!

 

Last March 17, 2008, after the successful LAKBAYAN, which is a 5-day march-caravan of workers from the Southern Region to National Capital Regional, spearheaded by workers from Toyota, Nestle and Nissan and after the promotion to the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice of then former Labor Secretary Arturo Brion, the Supreme Court again released its decision regarding the illegal dismissal/illegal strike case of Toyota Phils. and TMPCWA. The decision was received by TMPCWA last April 9, 2008

 

The workers were not surprised by the distorted and unconstitutional decision of the 2nd Division of the Supreme Court, because we already suspected that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the influential and Powerful Multinational Toyota. If nothing else, it is quite apparent and obvious that the Supreme Court of the Philippines is not immune to the influence of the ruling class and gigantic foreign monopoly of the multinational and transnational corporations. Let us see the rotting system that plagues our Legal systems.

 

It is quite obvious that the Second Division, rushed in releasing the decision for the Motion for Reconsideration of the union, TMPCWA. It is as if that the 2nd Division is covering up the truth to come out because of outside pressure coming from Toyota to release the “one-page” decision.

 

Secondly, the 2nd Division included in its decision the Motion for reconsideration without even taking into consideration the issue whether the Supreme Court En Banc should sit to resolve the issue of the “constitutionality” of the decision of the 2nd Division. We argued that the 2nd Division gravely abuses its authority and unconstitutionally issued a ruling denying the union’s plea for an En Banc or of all the justices to resolve the issue.

 

Third, the 2nd Division said in its decision that no new arguments was presented in the Motion for Reconsideration, while the truth is that the Motion for Reconsideration contains all new arguments questioning the constitutionality of the decision of the illegal strike/illegal dismissal case and to prove that the 2nd Division gravely erred in its decision to justify its unconstitutional decision. It is also a mystery why the 2nd Division included in its decision that no motion for appeal will be entertained by the Court which is quite abnormal to release such statements in Supreme Court rulings.

 

It is very obvious of the State and Judiciary conspiracy with Multi-National company Toyota. How the workers will going to believe the Supreme Court, if those justices suppose to protect the constitutional rights of the workers are the same who are violating the constitution?

 

It is very clear who really lost in the decision, its not the TMPCWA but the Toyota management, because the company has failed in destroying the formation of genuine unionism inside Toyota.

 

Even though of these legal setbacks, the fight is still on. TMPCWA will still continue to fight for its right and it will never surrender its struggle for the benefits and justices for the workers who were illegally dismissed.

 

CONDEMN THE SUPREME COURT AND TOYOTA!

 

CONTINUE TO EXPOSE AND OPPOSE THE CONSPIRACY OF TOYOTA AND THE ESTATE IN DESTROYING THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES!

 

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF TMPCWA AND THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 

  To read the Urgent Plea of TMPCWA please follow this link: ..\..\TOYOTA SC- CERTIFIED CASE - EN BANC PLEA  TO SET ASIDE A DECISION OF SECOND DIVISION THAT TURNED LABOR RELATIONS LAW UPSIDE DOWN.doc

 

  To read the decision please follow this link: ..\..\Supreme Court Decision March 17, 2008.JPG

 


March 24, 2008

 

PEOPLES SOLIDARITY FROM FRANCE LAUNCH URGENT APPEAL!

 

 

 To read the original appeal letter please follow on this link: ..\..\PDF-313.pdf

 


 

March 2008

 

Long March of the Workers against Repression and Killings "Defend and Fight the Job Security, Living Wage and the Right to Form A Union."

 

On March 3-7, 2008 TMPCWA join the great long walk (LAKBAYAN) together with the workers of Nestle and Nissan and the peoples of Southern Tagalog Region (Southern Part of Luzon Island in the Philippines) to address the workers grievances against the repressive policies of the Capitalist and the Estate. Farmers also join the LAKBAYAN.

 

     

 

The five days activity was organized by Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU)-(Solidarity of Workers In Southern Tagalog Region - May First movement) and the long march was headed by the Big3 struggle of the region - TOYOTA, NESTLE, NISSAN struggle. TMPCWA start the first day activity by staging protest in front of Nissan Plant and Toyota Plant in Sta. Rosa city before merging in the main LAKBAYAN body. Churches and Town Barangay welcome the marchers and allowed to sleep in their establishments.

 

       

        

On the fourth day of LAKBAYAN the marchers try to visit the Supreme Court to condemn the Supreme Court unconstitutional and distorted decision issued in favor of Toyota Management and against the illegally dismissed workers issues on illegal dismissal and also to call the Supreme Court to implement favorable decision favoring the workers of Nestle and Nissan which after six year both Nissan and nestle management are not implementing, but the police blocked the road to prevent the marchers to stage protest in front of the Supreme Court. Although the police blocked the road, the marchers had successfully launch the program.

 

      

 

After the Supreme Court the marchers went to the Department of Labor and Employment Office of the Secretary, where Secretary Arturo Brion is working. In the middle of the program, the police dispersal cam with two fire trucks and violently disperse the marchers. The police dispersals has no moral authority to disperse the peaceful protest but the police dispersal are like criminals beating the workers with their night sticks and truncheon. 30 marchers was injured, 16 workers was brought to hospital including the leaders - Union President of TMPCWA (ed Cubelo), the Chairman of PAMANTIK-KMU (Romeo Legazpi), Acting Union President of Nestle Union (Noel Alemania). One support member of TMPCWA was critically wounded and cut his finger by the police dispersal stabbing him with a knife (Lucresio Baril) and one Officer (BOD) of TMPCWA (Virgilio Colandog) who was hit by a nightstick on the head. Four other victims of violent dispersal was arrested by the Western Police District (WPD)/ Manila Police District (MPD). The violent dispersal was headed by Col. Rosales who after wearing his helmet and hold nightstick and truncheon he joins the violent dispersal.

 

     

 

TMPCWA believes that the violent dispersal was instructed by Secretary Brion together with TOYOTA, NISSAN, NESTLE because the symbolic effigy of Toyota, Nissan Nestle theme (life size vehicle with Toyota, Nissan, Nestle logo) was destroyed also. The police only destroyed all the logo of the effigy. In the three days of march before the dispersal, the effigy created bad images against the Multinational Transnational repressive policies and estate oppressive policies.

 

      

 

On the fifth day, the marchers stage indignation rally to WPD/MPD to condemn the violent dispersal and successfully  released the arrested workers and farmer. After the protest in front of the police station the marchers back to the DOLE to condemn the arrogant and violent dispersal ordered by Brion. The police could not do anything as the workers are determined to fight back if the police will dispersed again the marchers.

 

After the indignation rally in front of the DOLE, the marchers march to Malacanang Palace (where the fake Philippine President Gloria Arroyo resides) but again many policemen block the road. There the program start and the symbolic burning of the effigy of Gloria and TOYOTA, NISSAN, NESTLE. The great march declare a big success.

To read the Japanese Support Group Solidarity Message on LAKBAYAN please follow this link:..\..\Support_Group_on_Lakbayan_SOL-Message.doc

 


 

February 2008

 

KATSUAKI WATANABE

President – Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Ai-chi, Japan

  

Dear Sir,

 

We have been learned that the presence of the 202nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army and member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was allowed by the City Mayor to put-up detachment last January 10, 2008, near beside our union office in Block 1, lot 24 San Crispin Street, Buklod Diwa, Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa City Laguna, to allegedly launch Community Organizing and Development (CODE).

 

In connection with this, we also would like to inform you that the three (3) military members of the 202nd brigade in military uniform without any nameplates repeatedly went in our union office on January 24, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. and February 4, 2008 at around 8:30 in the morning to make an interview with all the people reside in there. In our views based on what we gathered information and investigation, it was contradicted in the real “intention” of their CODE. What they are doing is to harass and intimidate and sowing black propaganda against our union, preventing us in continuing our legitimate rights to form a union, freedom of expressions and to launch any activities of our union and the workers that is guaranteed by the Labor Code and the Constitution.

 

According to what the company guards are saying to some of TMPCWA members who still working inside the company that the 202nd armed military men are allowed to enter Toyota premises and most of the time can be seen inside Toyota.

 

Toyota also put-up another headquarters for the Laguna Industrial Park Police Assistance Group (LIPPAG) inside the company aside from the detachment of Philippine national police (PNP) of Sta. Rosa Laguna in front and the premises of Toyota in Sta. Rosa Laguna.

 

We would allow you to see something at a distance, that in all the places where there are military presences, many leaders like us, who were treated as activists advancing genuine interest of the workers and the Filipino people were brutally murdered and was being kidnapped, and many of them until today were not being found.

 

Based on these events, we as TMPCWA wrote this letter to let you informed about the harassment of your Philippine subsidiary the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) are now using extensive repression against us by utilizing Armed Forces of the Philippines to attack and destroy the long struggle of our union. 

 

We would like the Toyota Headquarters in Japan (TMC) to give the following instructions to your Philippine subsidiary and also directly to make the same request to the Philippine government:

 

1.     To request the Aroyo government to have withdraw the Detachment of the 202 Infantry Brigade that has been put up in the same Barangay Pulong where our union office is located  to  make threat against us;

2.     to stop the members of the military Detachment entering inside your Philippine subsidiary TMP; and

3.     To have the Laguna Industrial Park Police Assistance Group (LIPPAG) withdraw from your Philippine subsidiary TMP.

 

If there happens any drastic action of this 202nd infantry brigade military which will endangerthe lives of our union leaders and members, the Toyota Headquarters in Japan will be held liable.  

 

For the Filipino workers,

ED CUBELO

President-Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation

                 Workers Association (TMPCWA)

Email: tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com

 

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 February 2008

TOYOTA AND 202ND INFANTRY BRIGADE COLLUDED!

 

 

            Last January 10, 2008, the City Mayor of Sta Rosa endorsed the Barangay Chairman of Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa Laguna, to assist in putting up the MILITARY DETACHMENT of 202ndInfantry (Unifier) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army stationed in Barangay Antipolo, Rizal Laguna. The alleged objective of putting up a detachment is to launch COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPMENT (CODE) in Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz.

 

After this event, three military member of 202nd Infantry Brigade went twice in the office of TMPCWA without nameplate (January 24, 2008 and February 4, 2008). The military wanted to know the names of all the people living in the office, because the military are suspecting all the streamers and placards using in every rally of KMU were being made in our office. They also asking if the workers using “KA” (Comrade) before the name of a person inside the office)

 

In connection with this, Toyota put-up Headquarters of LAGUNA INDUSTRIAL PARK POLICE ASSISTANCE GROUP (LIPPAG) inside the company, this is separate to the detachment of PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE (PNP) in front of the gate. TMPCWA also have learned that the 202nd Infantry Brigade is freely can enter Toyota Company.

 

            In the investigation of TMPCWA, what the military are doing to TMPCWA is contradicted to the objective of the CODE. It’s a clear harassment and repression to the union and the all the leaders of TMPCWA. The union is suspecting Toyota behind the establishment of the Military Detachment that is almost close to the office of TMPCWA. Because in seven years Toyota failed to destroy TMPCWA, even Toyota illegally dismissed 233 members and all the leaders of the union. This is a desperate move of Toyota in using ruthless force of the military up to the extent of killings.

 

            This is abnormal situation where military is supposed to face in the war. There is no war in Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz. It must not put detachment in a community especially in a peaceful community where peaceful residents are living. The community has not been heard as a nest of criminal people or even a threat in the security of a state to declare MARTIAL LAW TYPE in this Barangay.

 

           

            We can see on thing in establishing Detachment of 202nd Brigade. The military wanted to develop impressions to the community that all the people living in the union office are members of the New Peoples Army (NPA). Because the 202nd are popular group headed before by General Jovito Palparan who killed even an activist.

 

            Toyota wanted to divert its responsibility, if ever something happened or has been killed in the ranks of TMPCWA, it can easily pass the responsibility to the military. In this kind of tactics it will free Toyota while the military can do is to put all the blame to the workers branded to be NPA.

 

            Specially in this time where TMPCWA still continuing the struggle to gain genuine justice that has been denied for a long time of Toyota. The residents of Barangay Pulong Santa Cruz must not allowed the repression and the presence of the military inside the community and the Labor Dispute between Toyota and TMPCWA.

 

EXPOSED AND OPPOSED THE DIRTY SCHEME OF TOYOTA!

 

EXPOSED AND OPPOSED THE HIDDEN OBJECTIVES OF 202ND INFANTRY (UNIFIER) BRIGADE!

 

RESIDENTS OF BARANGAY PULONG, SANTA CRUZ AND ALL THE PEOPLE SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA SHOULD FIGHT TOGETHER THE MILITARIZATION AND OPRESSION OF TOYOTA-202ND INFANTRY BRIGADE TO TOYOTA WORKERS!

 

EJECT THE MILITARY IN THE COMMUNITY!

 

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 February 2008

JUSTICE FOR THE WORKERS ILLEGALLY DISMISSED BY TOYOTA!

 

Seven years have gone already, yet the workers illegally dismissed in 16 March 2001 still could not get any justice. The only reason of Toyota in dismissing the 233 members and all the leaders of the union are the victories of the workers to establish a union inside the company that will defend the fundamental rights and the livelihood of all the workers. The greedy Toyota could not accept its defeat in his extreme repression to bust the unity of the workers, still the workers advances genuine unionism headed by TMPCWA.

 

TMPCWA achieved many victories for instance the Supreme Court Decision (September 24, 2003 and January 28 2004) where it gives instruction to start Collective bargaining Agreement that is not implemented by Toyota.  The International Labor Organization (ILO) who recommended the 1) reinstatement of illegally dismissed workers; 2) withdrawal of fabricated criminal charges against members and leaders of the union; 3) Union Recognition as Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent and; 4) to start CBA negotiation (from 2003-2007) all of this was not respected by Toyota.

  

This case has been reached already in the House of Congress, but even the Congress who summoned Toyota for three times to launch Inquiry hearing to make investigation was also denied by Toyota. Toyota said his policies are superior to any laws of our Country. The workers condition has been severely ignored, because even the legal and moral basis and victories achieved by the workers Toyota still did not listening.

 

Behind the never ending oppressions by Toyota and disrespects to the law, the workers illegally dismissed together with the union TMPCWA still continuing the struggle. Because of this Toyota put-up company union under Toyota Motor Philippine Corporation Labor Organization (TMPCLO) driven by the notorious traitor leaders in the ranks of the workers, they are WILSON LOMOTS, ANGEL DIMALANTA AND FRANCISCO MERO using its yellow organization the Automobile Industry Workers Alliance (AIWA).

  

The inveterate addicted Number One Union Buster Toyota are trying to hide the public his dirty scheme in launching Out Reach Program in some chosen community in the City of Santa Rosa. Putting –up Barangay Out-Post painted with Toyota name and logo in many places. But the illegally dismissed workers and the union TMPCWA will continue to expose and oppose all dirty schemes of the greedy Toyota together with all the people of Santa Rosa.

 

We should not ignore Toyotas filthy activities against the laws of our country moreover we must not allow trampling our Constitution of the foreign that has long been attempting in invading our country.

 

PEOPLE OF STA. ROSA; SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF OUR UNION-TMPCWA AND THE WORKERS ILLEGALLY DISMISSED BY GREEDY CAPITALIST TOYOTA!

 

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 click this to read the leaflets distributed in front of the Supreme Court and inside Toyota factory....

 ..\..\SUPREME COURT EN BANC SHOULD HEAR.doc

 ..\..\OUTSOURCING AND SUBCONTRACTING A THREAT TO SECURITY OF TENURE OF THE REGULAR WORKERS.doc

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 TMPCWA UNITE WITH THE WORKERS IN SOUTHERN TAGALOG IN THE REGIONAL PROTEST AT THE SUPREME COURT!

  

  

On January 28, 2008, the Regional Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog (PAMANTIK) launch regional action in support of the Three Big Fight of the region the TOYOTA-(TMPCWA)/ NESTLE-(UFE-DFA-KMU)/NISSAN (BANAL-OLALIA).

 

This action is to show strong condemnation against the Supreme Court to where all of the decisions favoring the workers of TOYOTA-NISSAN-NESTLE did not implemented by the companies.

 

"The Supreme Court Decision has no power if the workers get favorable decisions, but if the companies get favorable decision even in the lower court, the implementation was very quick" Ed Cubelo said in his speech.

 

"The workers in Southern Tagalog will never stop and cannot be prevented even by using bullets, we will continue the fight against injustices, specially against the Supreme Court Massacre and Unconstitutional Decision" - Cubelo said ending his speech.

 

TMPCWA will be united to all the workers in Southern Tagalog, in all actions against unfair labor policies and repressions of the capitalist and the states.

 

LONG LIVE THE WORKING CLASS!


TMPCWA WELCOMES THE YEAR WITH PROTEST ACTION AT THE SUPREME COURT SECOND DIVISION!

     

On January 16, 2008, TMPCWA launch protest action in front of the Supreme Court as the Justices resumes its work on January 15, 2008.

 

TMPCWA strongly condemn the MASSACRE and UNCONSTITUTIONAL DECISION OF THE SECOND DIVISION that ILLEGAL DISMISSAL case becomes ILLEGAL STRIKE.

 

TMPCWA promised the Supreme Court that the illegally dismissed workers of Toyota will become their regular visitors until the Supreme Court En Banc  will not hear our Petition to fairly review the Motion for Reconsideration filed by TMPCWA.

 

JUSTICE FOR SEVEN YEARS STRUGGLE OF THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS!


 

December 16, 2007 - YEAR END GATHERING

 

   

   

On December 16, 2007 TMPCWA launch Year-End gathering for all the members including the illegally dismissed workers and families.

 

Despite of the Massacre decision of the Supreme Court Second Division. The members and the families still holding their hand with faith to the justness of the struggle.

 

The gathering was full of spirit of fighting as TMPCWA prepares some program like the film showing of video documentaries of the genuine and militant Philippine Trade Union History. This film provides the understanding on how the labor movement become strong despite of too many resistance from the ruling class of big multi-national corporation and by the state. It awaken the awareness of the members and their families to be more persevere in advancing TMPCWA struggle.

 

Families from both inside and outside members of TMPCWA witnessed the strong solidarity of the workers and promised that they will continue to support the struggle. 

 

The Officers of TMPCWA advices the members specially the dismissed members not to loose hope as the Supreme Court decision is not yet final. Even if the Supreme Court will make its final decision not to reverse the massacre decision, TMPCWA will still continue the struggle in the new stage.

 

 LETS HOLD TOGETHER AND FIGHT TOGETHER 'TILL THE END!

 

LONGLIVE THE WORKERS OF TOYOTA!

 


 

November 2007

 

TMPCWA LAUNCH PROTEST IN FRONT OF TOYOTA!

   

   

  

On November 23, 2007, TMPCWA launch indignation protest in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa plant to condemn in the highest form the strong connivance of Toyota and the Second Division of the Supreme Court for issuing the Massacre Decision.

 

The illegally dismissed workers define the Suprme Court decision as unjust, inhuman and unconstitutional.

 

The Supreme Courts Second Division headed by Justice Presbitero Velasco distorted the Philippine Constitution to where stated the in the law the FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION were guaranteed. Velasco gives more weight the anti-workers and anti-constitutional rules and regulations of the company.

 

TMPCWA believes that the objective of the Supreme Court Second Division in releasing the massacre decision is to stop the continuing strong international solidarity support to the struggle of the union. It also wanted to destroy the strong relationship of the illegally dismissed workers and the workers who still working inside the company and lastly it wanted to destroy the militant action of the whole labor movement in the country.

 

The workers have learned the background of Second Division Justices who are responsible in the massacre decision. Justice Presbitero Velasco the Ponente was a former Company Lawyer and was newly appointed by President Gloria Arroyo; Justice Leonardo Quisumbing was a former Secretary of Labor and Employment;Justice Dante Tinga was a former Congressman in the City of Taguig and also appointed of Gloria Arroyo; whileJustice Antonion Carpio and Justice Conchita Carpio Morales are also a pro-capitalist. The workers cannot expect that this Second Division can give justice for the workers appeal.

 

Nevertheless, Toyota workers will not stop, specially the illegally dismissed workers and will continue the struggle to obtain genuine justice. Actions and condemnation will continue against inhuman and unjust connivance of the Supreme Courts Second Division and the greedy Toyota.

 

EXPOSE AND OPPOSE THE STRONG CONNIVANCE OF THE SUPRMEE COURT SECOND DIVISION AND THE GREEDY TOYOTA MANAGEMENT!

 

CONDEMN IN THE HIGHEST FORM THE MASSACRE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT SECOND DIVISION!

 

CONDEMN IN THE HIGHEST FORM THE ANTI-WORKERS AND GREEDY TOYOTA MANAGEMENT!

 


 

November 2007

 

 INDIGNATION RALLY IN FRONT OF THE SUPREME COURT!

   

  

Last November 8, 2007, TMPCWA launch indignation protest in front of the Supreme Court to strongly condemn the Massacre Decision released by the Supreme Courts Second Division headed by the Ponente Presbitero Velasco.

 

The illegally dismissed workers define the Supreme Courts decision as a Massacre decision because of its anti constitutional character imposing that the company rules and regulations are higher than the provision written and guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution.

 

The illegally dismissed workers promised to become the regular visitors of the Supreme Court and will not stop to expose the dubious Justices of Second Division of the Supreme Court.

 

STRONGLY CONDEMN THE MASSACRE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURTS SECOND DIVISION!

 

 


 

 To read the Soft Copy of the Motion For Recognition filed by TMPCWA and the Petition for the Supreme Court En Banc please click this links:

 

 ..\..\TOYOTA SC- CERTIFIED CASE - PETITION FOR THE HON. COURT EN BANC TO TAKE COGNIZANCE OF THE MOTION FOR RECON.doc

 

 ..\..\TOYOTA SC- CERTIFIED CASE - MOTION FOR RECON.doc

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November 9, 2007 

JUSTICE FOR THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA AND THEIR FAMILIES!

 

 

This photo was taken last November 4, 2007 meeting with the illegally dismissed members.

 

Illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA still determined to fight, despite of the killer decision of the Supreme Court.

 

 

To Read the Supreme Court Decision, copy and paste the links in your browser.http://www.supremecourt.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2007/october2007/158786_158789.htm

 


 

Oct 6, 2007

We are posting the additional information regarding the Anti-Toyota Global Campaign action for September 12, 2007.

Organization and local unions participated in the protest action in front of the Japanese Embassy in the philippines;

 1. TMPCWA

 2.KILUSANG MAYO UNO - NATIONAL (KMU)

 3. PAGKAKAISA NG MANGGAGAWA SA TIMOG KATAGALUGAN (PAMANTIK-KMU) UNIFIED LABOR IN SOUTHERN TAGALOG REGION

 4. COALITION OF AUTO-WORKERS AND RELATED INDUSTRY AGAINST IMPERIALIST DOMINATION (CAR-AID)

 5. METAL WORKERS ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES (MWAP)

 6. ORGANIZED LABOR IN LINE INDUSTRY AND AGRICULTURE (OLALIA-KMU)

 7. ALMAPILA (ALYANSA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA SA PROBINSIYA NG LAGUNA) (ALLIANCE OF WORKERS IN LAGUNA PROVINCE)

 8. ANAK-PAWIS PARTYLIST (TOILING MASSES PARTY LIST)

 9. HONDA CARS UNION

 10. NISSAN MOTORS UNION

 11. KEIHIN UNION

 12. INTERNATIONAL WIRING SYSTEM UNION

 13. NXP-UNION (NEW EXPERIENCE UNION) (FORMERLY PHILIPS SEMICONDUCTOR UNION)

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 ..\..\..\Desktop\SACOMonToyotacampaign17Sep07.pdf

 

 


 

September 18, 2007.

 

Comrades, Friends and Supporters of TMPCWA,

The entire membership of TMPCWA would like to thank all the people and organizations who participated the Anti-Toyota Global Campaign. We are hoping to keep strong relationship with all of you to continue the struggle. Rest assure that we will continue to fight against the number one union buster Toyota.

 

             

             

             

 

2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September

  

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Trade Union of Aircraft Builders of Ukraine  

Trade union radio elektroniks & machinery industry of Ukraine  

Trade Union of  Machine-Builders and Instrument-Makers of Ukraine  

German-Filipino -Friends (GFF)  

The union members and the workers representative of the General Motors Opel plant in Eisenach Germany 

Netherlands-Filippijnse Solidariteitsbeweging (NFS) 

Solidaires(one of the French Trade Union Center)

Asia Monitor Resource Center(AMRC)  

Taiwan Committee for Philippine Concerns  

Labour Action China  

KASBI(Congess of Indonesia Union Alliance)  

TIE Asia  

Workers Assistance Center.INC  

Taiwan Labor Information & Education Association  

SIGTUR(Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights) 

Solidarity of Cavite Workers  

South Africa Workers – National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa(NUMSA)   

Globalization Monitor  

Trade Union Right Center-Indonesia  

KHIS (Korean house for international Solidarity)  

National Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh 

Apo LeungAsia Monitor Resource Centre)  

May Wong(Globalization Monitor)  

Dae-oup Chang(Asia Monitor Resource Center)  

Doris Lee(Asia Monitor Resorce Center) 

Chung-Jui Cheng(Youth Labor Union)  

Tsai Chih-Chieh (Taiwan Labor Information & Education Association) 

Sim Socheata(Women's Agenda for Change)  

Ly Pisey(Women's Agenda for Change)  

Sam Vuthy(Women's Agenda for Change)  

Ek Sopheak Dey(C.CAWDU) 

Arokia Dass Victor(SIGTUR)  

Lucia Victor Jayaseelan (Committee of Asian Women)  

Aries L Soledad (Solidarity of Cavite Workers)  

Cecilia V Tulco (Workers Assistance Center.INC) 

Fauzan AbschutzLIPS) 

Wulan Dari (Asian Labour Exchange)  

Nur Fuad (Wahya Social Foundation)  

SusyaTjandra (Trade Union Right Center-Indonesia)  

Anwar “Sastro”(KASBI)  

Junya Yimprasert(Thai Labour Campaign)  

Bunyuen Sukmai  

Sun Xi  

Sanjiv Pandita(Asia Monitor Resource Center)   

Manicandan(CEC) 

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference

Kanagawa workers Movement  

Kanagawa Union Conference 

All Japan Ship-buildingEngineering Union Kanto Regional Conference Kanagawa Regional Union

All Japan Ship-building ngineering Union Sumitomo (Heavy Industry) Oppama Uraga branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Mitsubisi (Heavy Industry)  Uraga branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Isikawajima  branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union NihonkokanI branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Toshiba Anpex branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Isuzu branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Jalco branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union SEU Tokyo branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference Jam branch

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference Shonan Keirin Union

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference Kanagawa City Union

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference

Yokohama girl junior college Teachers and Staffs Union of Kanagawa City Union

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional  Conference The T,I,D, branch of Kanagawa City Union

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Kanto Regional Conference Condol Union of Kanagawa City Union

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union  Shonan Union of Kanto Regional Conference  

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Yokohama Union of Kanto Regional Conference  

All Japan Ship-building Engineering Union Union Yokosuka of Kanto Regional Conference

Japan Committee of Asian Pacific Workers' Solidarity Link  

All Toyota labor Union 

Sasashima day labor Union 

Asimu Labor Solidarity

KasanagKai 

ATTAC Japan Metropolitanarea

Japan Post Workers UNION kouriyama branch office 

Kanagawa Ken-O Union  

National Union of General Workers Tokyo Tobu  

Japan Electric Meters Inspection Corporation Workers Union  

Japan Post Workers UNION 

Labor union north Osaka union  

Zen Kanto Tanitsu Rodo Kumiai 

Asian Wide Campaign  

Nagoya Fureai Union 

National Trade Union Council  

Altermonde  

Pulboron's Association  

Yokohama Action Research Center 

The Chita branch of Nagoya Fureai Union 

Nagoya Occupational Safety And Health Center  

Christian Workers Movement of Japan Kanagawa Regional   

Christian Workers Movement of Japan Kobe Regional 

Kawasaki city labor’s union Seisou (garbage collection and refuse disposal) branch office  

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Tama chapter of Seisou branch office

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Miyamae chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Nakahara chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Kawasaki chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Nanbu chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Ouzenji chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Tatibana chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Tsutsumine Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Rinkou chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Hokubusodai chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Nanbusodai chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Kase chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Iriezaki chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Ukisima chapter Seisou branch office 

Kawasaki city labor’s union The Honchou chapter Seisou branch office 

Showa Shell Labour Union  

Showa Shell Labour Union Honbu branch office 

Showa Shell Labour Union Sendai banch office  

Showa Shell Labour Union Tokyo branch office 

Showa Shell Labour Union Osaka branch office  

Showa Shell Labour Union Fukuoka banch office 

National Union of General Workers The Chiiki branch of Tokyo Tobu

National Union of General Workers The Okubo Seibin branch of Tokyo Tobu  

National Union of General Workers The Toru Kougyou branch of Tokyo Tobu 

National Union of General Workers The Misakunakku branch of Tokyo Tobu 

National Union of General Workers The Eiryu Kougyou branch of Tokyo Tobu 

National Union of General Workers The Dibenroi branch of Tokyo Tobu  

National Union of General Workers The Goto Seisakusho branch of Tokyo Tobu  

National Union of General Workers The Roudousoudan branch of Tokyo Tobu 

National Union of General Workers The Takasago Sangyou branch of Tokyo Tobu  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Kamigumi Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Marushin Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Higashi Kaiun Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Utoku Unyu Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Utoku Koun Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Asagami Group Niko Unso Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Taiun Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Keihin Koun Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Nihon Kosoku Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Nihon Kontenayuso Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Mitsui Soko Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Utoku Rikuso Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Itabashi Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Koei Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Koei Engan Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Okai Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Sony supply chain solution Group  

 All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Shimura Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Cyugai Soko Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Hishikura Unyu Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Jyoban Kaiun Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Sagami Senpaku Group

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Kanto Koun Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Nihon Kokusai Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Sagami Unyu Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Tozai Jyooku Soko Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Keihin Kontena Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Miyuki Unyu Group 

A ll Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Kanto Sitiifureto Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Kusuhara   Yuso  Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Tokai Rikukigyo Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Niyaku Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Izumi Unso Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Taiyo Marine Group 

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Minato Group  

All Japan Dock Workers Union Kanto Area Yokohama branch Kamigumi CT Group    

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tsurumi branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union  Yokohama Suiran  branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kouhoku branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kawawa  Kirigaoka branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hakusan branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Nippa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kisine branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Shinei branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Motoisikawa branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Shirosato branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kanagawa Sougou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Hiranuma branch 

 Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kibougaoka branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Syoukou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Futamatagawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Asahi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Seya branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kanai branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Okazu branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Seyanishi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Seyanishi branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kamiyabe branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Ouyou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Kyokuryou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Tateno branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Gaigo branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Isogokougyou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hakuyou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Isogo branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hitorizawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Nagaya branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Mutukawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Nanryou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokohama Seiryou Sougou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kanazawa Sougou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kawasakikougyou  branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Mukainookakougyou  branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Shinjou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yurigaoka branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Sumiyoshi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Suge branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Asao branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kawasaki branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Zusi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union yokosukakougyou  branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union yokosukakougyou  branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yokosuka Outu branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Oppama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Zuyou branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Oogusu branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kurihama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Iwato branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Miurarinkai branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Syounan branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Fujisawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Chigasaki branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kamakura branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Chigasaihokuryou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Fujisawanishi branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tsurumine branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Shitirigahama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Samukawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tigasakinishihama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ouhuna branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Syounandai branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Fukasawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Fujisawakouka branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Fujisawa Sougou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Oiso branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Takahama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union HiratsukaKounan branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ninomiya branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kanda branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Aihara branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tsukui branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kamimizo branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Asamizodai branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Shiroyama branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hashimoto branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yaeihigashi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Sagamitana branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kanagawa Sougou Sangyou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Atsugihigashi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Tyuuounougyou  branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yamato branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Atsugi Seinan branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ayase branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Atsugikita branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yamatohigashi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Kurihara branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Arima branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Aikawa branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ayasenishi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Atsuginishi branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hibarigaoka branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Hadanosoya branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yoshidajima branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Seisyou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Jouhokukougyou branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yamakita branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Yugawara branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ooi branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Odawara branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Ohatano branch  

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Soubudai branch 

Kanagawa Highschool Teachers and Staffs Union Zama branch 

Allied Labor Unions of Independence(ALUI)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (Tokyo-Zensuido)   

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Tobu Daiichi Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Higashi Ichi chapter of Tobu Daiichi Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Ariake chapter of Tobu Daiichi Gesuidou branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Sunacyo chapter of Tobu Daiichi Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Shinkawagishi chapter of Tobu Daini Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Sakai chapter of Santama branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Tokubetusagyoutai branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Tobu Daini Haisui branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Ota Minami chapter of Minami branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Higashi Murayama chapter of Santama branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Santama branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Katusika chapter of Higashi Ni  branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Adachi chapter of Higashi Ni branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Minato chapter of Cyuo branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Morigasaki Mizusyori Center branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Sanen chapter of Asagaya Jyosui branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Seibu Haisui branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Miya chapter of Daini  Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Suginami Higashi capter of  Seibu branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Egyo chapter of Higashi Ni branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Egyo chapter of Higashi Ichi branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Kasai chapter of Tobu Daini Gesuido branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido) 

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Sango chapter of Kanamachi Jyosui branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Nerima chapter of Hokubu branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

All-Japan Water supply Workers” Union (The Kanamachi Jyosui branch office of Tokyo-Zensuido)  

Matsubara Akira(Video press)/ Sakai Toru(Nagoya Fureai Union) 

Iwate Union for Social Cooperation

 

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September 3, 2007

Dear friends

More than a year has passed since we published the ILO International Labor Conference Edition of the Protest Toyota Campaign Newsletter. You will find the Conference Edition attached at the end of this newsletter, since we learned that many people did not receive this edition If you do not wish to receive the newsletter any longer, please contact Protest Toyota Campaign at Protest-Toyota@list.jca.apc.org. Thank you.


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Protest Toyota Campaign
Newsletter 10
September 1, 2007
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In the January-June period of 2007, Toyota surpassed GM in terms of car sales and became the world's top automaker. There is no prospect in sight, however, for a settlement of the labor dispute at Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMPC) $B!! (B which was triggered by the election held to certify the union.

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IMF Global Campaign
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Viewing this as an important issue, the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), in the spirit of international solidarity in the pursuit of justice and fairness, set out to support the young Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA). At first, based on the mediation of the Japan Council of IMF (IMF-JC), Japan's affiliate, a forum for negotiations between TMPC and TMPCWA was established and negotiations took place for six months without success. In outrage at the company for its insincere attitude, the headquarters of the International Metalworkers' Federation called for all Toyota's trade unions to gather in Manila in March 2006 and held a World Conference of Toyota Trade Unions. At its meeting held in May in Oslo, the IMF Executive Board decided to carry out a Global Campaign calling for the reinstatement of workers fired by TMPC. During the first wave of the campaign in June and July, IMF-affiliated unions in South Africa, Brazil, U.K., Australia and Thailand, where Toyota has production bases, took actions in solidarity, but the company refused to change its attitude. During the second wave of the campaign in September, IMF affiliates in 44 countries took various actions against the company, including demonstrations in front of Japanese embassies and consulates, and the lodging of protests and/or demands in their own country. In the Philippines, TMPCWA carried out a protest action in front of the Japanese embassy on September 12, delivering a letter of demand, while in Japan the Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan (Protest Toyota Campaign) delivered a letter of demand to the Philippine embassy.

The IMF-JC, Japan's IMF affiliate, did not take part in the Global Campaign, in spite of the fact that IMF-JC President Kato Yuji, from the Toyota Union, attended the IMF executive committee meeting in Oslo in May. He is reported to have told Yamagiwa Masamichi, the representative of Protest Toyota Campaign, when asked for an interview, that IMF-JC could not support TMPCWA alone and ignore the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Labor Organization(TMPCLO). Considering that when Vice President Hamaguchi and Director Ishikawa of the Management Measures Department of the Toyota Union visited TMPC in April 2005, they visited the TMPCLO and gave them encouragement, but did not contact TMPCWA, it seems that the Toyota Union had decided to support the TMPCLO early on.

The IMF, at its Executive Board meeting held in November 2006, vowed to continue to work towards the reinstatement of Toyota Philippines workers fired for their union activities, and took a decision to expand efforts with progressive independent unions in the Philippines.

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Twenty-one workers arrested
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While the Global Campaign was being carried out, TMPCWA filed a motion for reconsideration, in the Philippines, of the decision made in April by the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines (DOLE) to designate TMPCLO as its bargaining body, but DOLE issued a final decision on July 31 in spite of the ambiguity of the procedures. The company also began negotiations in July with TMPCLO for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). On August 16, some TMPCWA members tried to visit DOLE with a letter of demand calling on the procedures to be clearer, but they were denied entrance by the security guards. While they prevented with the security guards, one of the security guards fired guns five times. In panic, seven workers ran up to the 7th floor to the office of the Secretary of DOLE. Fifty policemen suddenly appeared with guns, and immediately arrested 21 union members including President Ed Cubelo. After being severely beaten and injured by the police, they were taken to the hospital and subsequently detained. Among them, five received serious injuries. The 21 people were held in custody at the police station for three days, but thanks to protest actions in front of the police station and the IMF's letter of protest to President Arroyo, they were released for further investigation.

The negotiation between the company and TMPCLO toward a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) got underway, and an agreement was signed on December 6. The agreement, though, has many problems. They include, for example, stipulations that for the sake of industrial peace, the union shall not conduct any act, such as a strike, that might disrupt operations, thus giving up basic rights of workers; and that the union shall not demand prior consultations on company business plans that involves job cuts; that newly employed rank and file workers must become members of TMPCLO and that the union may ask the company to fire workers who withdraw from the TMPCLO. The nature of the TMPCLO, in terms of labor-management cooperation, can be seen by analyzing this CBA.

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Holding Toyota Motor Head Office responsible
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How are support activities in Japan progressing? As already reported in this newsletter, Protest Toyota Campaign and TMPCWA have lodged protests with the Toyota Head Office several times a year since 2001. However, in response to repeated statement by Toyota that problems in the Philippines must be handled locally, TMPCWA, in September 2004, joined the All Japan Shipbuilding Labor Union Kanto Region/Kanagawa Regional Union(Zenzosen), which is a core member of the Support Group, and demanded collective bargaining with the Toyota Motor Head Office. However, Toyota rejected the demand, and Zenzosen, in February 2005, filed a petition against the unfair labor practice in the Kanagawa Labor Commission.

This legal action has attracted attention in Japan as a new labor movement struggling against Toyota, but the Kanagawa Labor Commission dismissed the petition, stating that this was a labor dispute between the local company and workers, and therefore was not covered by the Trade Union Law of Japan. Zenzosen then filed an appeal to the Central Labor Commission, but this was dismissed for the same reason.

Claiming that the decision was unfair and seeking the cancellation of it, Zenzosen filed a complaint with the Tokyo District Court. Namely, we sought a judicial judgment from a court of law as to how it would find the decision of the labor commission as an administrative agency. However, the Tokyo District Court has simply dismissed the case with exactly the reasoning as the Central Labor Comission used, that is, the case concerns a labor dispute occuring in a foreign country and the Japanese Labor Union Law is applicable to purely domestic labor relations and disputes only.

We have immediately filed an appeal against that judgment with the Tokyo High Court. In order that we can hold Toyota as a multinational enterprise responsible for its unfair labor practice in the Philippines, we must overcome the logics rendered by the Central Labor Commission and the Tokyo Districe Court, and we shall do it.

We believe that when an unfair labor practice takes place in a subsidiary of a multinational corporation, the parent company should also be held responsible, and therefore that local trade unions and those in the home country should work together to fight against unfair labor practices. Unfortunately, however, Japanese labor law does not respond to this reality. We would appreciate any information from other countries, which may help us in this case.

In March 2004, TMPCWA and the Support Group filed a complaint against Toyota Motor over its infringement of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and whenever members of TMPCWA came to Japan, they had meetings with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is OECD's national contact point in Japan (NCP). TMPCWA and Protest Toyota Campaign have criticized Japan's NCP, as it did not even answer our inquiry on whether the initial assessment stage had been completed, claiming that the case was currently being considered in the Court of Appeal in the Philippines. At the fourth meeting, in July 2006, partly in response to harsh criticisms from international labor organizations, the NCP indicated that it would serve as a mediator for the two parties, thus showing a forward-looking attitude and giving us some hope. It was later discovered, however, that following a protest from Toyota, NCP had officially stated that it would not take any action until the court case in the Philippines had been completed. As can be seen from the TMPCWA website (http://www.tmpcwa.org), TMPCWA and Protest Toyota Campaign each sent a
letter of protest against NCP's deceitful statement.

This issue was also taken up both at the National Diet in Japan and the Congress in the Philippines. In January 2005 the Committee on Labor and Employment of the House of Representatives of the Philippines held an inquiry session on unfair labor practices of Toyota management, and both TMPCWA and TMPC were invited.
However, TMPC refused to attend it.

Another inquiry was held in November 2006. In the Japanese Diet, Diet member Abe Tomoko of the Social Democratic Party spoke at a meeting of the Committee on Health, Welfare and Labor of the House of Representatives in October 2006, and strongly pressed Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yanagisawa Hakuo for a response, criticizing the attitude of the Japanese government as disregarding violations of labor and human rights by Japanese enterprises overseas. Yanagisawa merely said that he was aware of the issue but declined to comment on the matter. However, this was significant in that it was the first time the problem of the Philippine Toyota's labor dispute was taken up in the Japanese Diet.


TMPCWA and the Support Group have been planning and preparing for the 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign, which will be held around September 12, a year after the IMF Global Campaign. In Japan, representatives of TMPCWA and Banal-Olalia( a labor union of Nissan Philippines) will visit Japan to join protest actions in front of Toyota's Tokyo Head Office and Toyota Head Office, and also attend rallies in both Kanagawa Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture. We are now working to organize supporters for the Anti-Toyota Global Campaign. If you are interested, please contact either TMPCWA or Protest Toyota Campaign.


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Protest Toyota Campaign (Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan)
E-mail: Protest-Toyota@list.jca.apc.org
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA )
E-mail: tmpcwa@edsamai.com.ph : http://www.tmpcwa.org
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Protest Toyota Campaign Newsletter,
ILO International Labor Conference Edition
May 30, 2006
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The New Challenge: the Election to Certify the Union
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We will briefly mention this year's movement; since the beginning of 2005, TMPCWA have been facing a new challenge called the Certification Election of the union which Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Labor Organization (TMPCLO), the rank and file union sponsored by the company, designed in December 2002. In February 2005, TMPCLO applied for conducting the election to the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines (DOLE). TMPCWA objected it by announcing to go on strike and to conduct other legal actions but was rejected by DOLE's decision to hold the election to choose from three options: 1)TMPCLO, 2)TMPCWA or 3)No Union. This would be an election under an unfairly disadvantaged condition as all the board members of TMPCWA were fired and banned from even entering the firm site. TMPCWA thus appealed against this decision. At the same time, it launched a campaign against Toyota Motor Philippines and the Philippines Government with its support groups in the local and abroad including one in Japan. TMPCWA, however, also decided to participate in the predicted election and started preparation as it would lose its position as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent if it boycotted the election.

In August 2005, the headquarter of International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), concerned about the situation, hold a meeting in Tokyo with TMPCWA under the leadership of its general secretary, Marcello Malentacchi in order to find a toehold to the solution. The negotiation between TMPCWA and the company began with Japan Council of IMF (IMF-JC) mediation. As there was a condition here that no party would conduct attacks, especially by means of international campaigns, against the other, we suspended the publication of this news letter. The negotiation meetings were held in Tokyo and Manila in October, November and December. But TMPC was on one hand indecisive about proposing a concrete plan and on the other aiding TMPCLO to play with the game of leveraging to win the votes.

The decisions of the Philippines Government seemed to have been working closely with the company's maneuvers. At a meeting in the mid December, 2005, TMPCWA confronted TMPC with a firm stance to press for a response, then, on December the 17th, DOLE announced the final decision in favour of holding the Certification Election. Preparation meetings became inevitable, and the election date was decided as on February the 16th in the last of such meetings held on February the 1st, 2006, when there was no attendance from TMPCWA. Three days later, on February the 4th, the company offered a package including compensation payment and outplacement. This was of course different from the previous ILO recommendation by far. Mr. Tabata, the former president of TMPC , who attended the bargaining for the first time and for 15 minutes only, declared that it was the company's final response. Infuriated by this, those who had been dismissed rejected the offer. Thus TMPCWA re-launched an inter! national campaign to demand TMP to cancel the election, inciting a stream of protest e-mails from all walks of the world against TMP, Toyota Motor Japan and the Philippines Government.

In the midst of this world-wide protest, the Certification Election was held in February the 16th. The result was: 424 votes for TMPCLO, 237 votes for TMPCWA, 8 votes for no union, 15 invalids, 121 challenge voters and 89 challenge voters (Illegally dismissed). This result meant that without gaining the majority TMPCLO was not recognised as the sole union with the bargaining right under the Philippine's labour law, therefore, TMPCWA remained to have the right.

IMF was also infuriated by the company's attitude meanwhile, and decided to move the communication point with TMPC from IMF-JC to the IMF headquarter. It then called for all Toyota's trade unions to attend a meeting held in Manila on March the 16th in which they agreed to demand TMPC to reinstate the dismissed. The next day, March the 17th, they attempted to bargain with the company but the latter again rejected the reinstatement. On April the 11th, however, DOLE issued a judgement that marked TMPCLO as the winner of the election despite the protest from TMPCWA. Faced with such a deplorable situation, IMF, in its executive committee meeting in May, made an official decision to launch its own global campaign to demand TMPC to reinstate the dismissed workers. TMPCWA will also take their own campaign against TMPC and Toyota Motor Corporation in corporation with the Japanese support groups, Support Groups for TMPCWA under collaboration of IMF Campaign.


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September 1, 2007

 

Dear comrades, friends, advocates, unions and organizations all over the world,

 

Six years has passed since 233 union members were illegally dismissed by Toyota Philippines.  Nevertheless, Toyota is still continuing to ignore the decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines ordering the former to collectively negotiate with TMPCWA and the several recommendations issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) urging Toyota to reinstate the illegally dismissed workers. 

 

We, in support of TMPCWA in advancing this struggle, will launch an Anti-Toyota Campaign this September replicating what held last year.

 

So, we invite you to join us in flooding the Headquarters of Toyota in Japan with a great number of your protesting mail, fax or letter against the arrogant, outrageous and callous attitude of Toyota with whatever message you may have in mind!

 

Following are some samples of the message for your reference:

 

-          Stop union busting against TMPCWA!

-          Comply with the order of the Supreme Court of the Philippines for   collectively      negotiating with TMPCWA!

-          Reinstate the 233 illegally dismissed workers!

-          Abide by the recommendations of ILO!

-          We will never forgive the injustice of Toyota!

 

When sending your protest message, please do not forget to put down your individual or organizational name as the case may be.

 

Address information:

Mr. Katsuaki Watanabe, President

Toyota Motor Corporation

1 Toyota-Cho, Toyota City

Aichi Prefecture 471-8571

Japan  

e-mail: katsuaki.watanabe@mail.toyota.co.jp

Fax: +81-565-23-1230

 

*Please send a copy of all correspondence to the TMPCWA.

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August 24, 2007

 

Japanese Autoworkers and members of the Support group for TMPCWA in Japan in solidarity tour.

 

The Japanese autoworkers and members of the Support Group for TMPCWA in Japan visited the Philippines for Solidarity Tour with the Philippine car-workers under the Coalition of Autoworkers and Related Industry Against Imperialist Domination (CAR-AID) on August 16-21, 2007.

 

Some of the activities were a press conference held on August 17, 2007, attended by international journalists. The conference was led by the President of All Toyota Union (ATU) from Japan, who joined the solidarity to support TMPCWA and to personally monitor the situation of workers in the car manufacturing industry.

 

A meeting between the leaders of CAR-AID was also held. There was also a house visit to some TMPCWA members illegally dismissed by Toyota Philippines. The group paid also a visit to the striking workers of Nissan Philippines at their picket-line.

 

The Solidarity Tour joined by Japanese workers boosted the moral of the struggling Filipino workers. This is particularly poignant when some of the workers of Chiyoda said: “This is our first time to see Japanese helping workers. The Japanese that we know of are in the management and that they dismisses workers illegally just like what happened to us at Chiyoda”.

 

For the Car-Aid Alliance, its leaders and members, it is a great honor to meet with the leaders of the Japanese Autoworkers. The visit will not only strengthen the relation between Japanese and Filipino workers but will inspire the latter to continue their struggle, particularly among the car manufacturing sector.

 

This solidarity tour will not only be start of a stronger camaraderie between the Filipino and Japanese workers, but also among the workers in other countries of the world.

 

Long live International Solidarity!

 

 

 


 

August 3, 2007

 

News

 

TMPCWA Picketed Toyota Factory in Laguna, Philippines

 

Coinciding with the celebration of its 19th anniversary, Toyota Philippines officially launched a new product, called Toyota VIOS. Officers and members of TMPCWA decided to launch a parallel appropriate activity—a picket protest in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa Plant.

 

The picket protest was held to inform the more than 400 visitors about the crimes of Toyota against its own workers in the Philippines. Foremost of this is the illegal dismissal of the 233 members and leaders of TMPCWA.

 

While the new product is being “Rolled-Off”, the Toyota workers are being brutally treated no small thanks to the blind-loyal supervisors of Toyota. Rowell Delgado, a TMPCWA member, experienced at first hand how Toyota supervisor and its hired guards can work together against their own workers. Macario Tabuzo, a supervisor, wanted to forcibly confiscate reading materials being distributed by TMPCWA during the picket protest. The supervisor even with the help of a guard failed.

 

Meanwhile, even before the start of the protest in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa, a considerable police force paid by Toyota tried to repress the protest and gave a 30-minute ultimatum to the protesting workers.

 

The protesting workers held their ground against the threat from Major Especio – Chief of Sta. Rosa Police and Major Saro, Chief of Laguna Industrial Provincial Police Advisory Group. The picketing workers putside the gate of Toyota waited for their co-workers working inside to join them outside.

 

“We will continue our protest activities even the police disperse this particular protest”, Ed Cubelo, president of TMPCWA, told the police force. The workers of Toyota will continue opposing the anti-workers policy of Toyota, and eventually settle the long-running labor dispute, added Cubelo.

 

The police eventually gave up, and contented themselves in watching the rally and listening to the unfolding program in front of them.###

 


 

August 2, 2007

19th Anniversary of Toyota, 19th Year of Exploitation and Deceit!

 The operation of Toyota is now running on its 19th year in the Philippines. For this entire operation, Toyota succeeded in maintaining its status as Over-All Number One in terms of sales in the car manufacturing sector. It was able to reach a staggering 39.7% share from the entire Market Sales within the industry (YTD-April 2007).

 Halfway this year, Toyota has been bragging about this feat, particularly about beating the once number one giant General Motors, which is now just a second best.

 Toyota however is number one not only in the car manufacturing arena. It is also well known as a world-class “NUMBER ONE UNION BUSTER”, particularly for not respecting the national and even international labor instrumentalities. Concrete example of this is the Toyota’s continued refusal to implement the orders of the Philippine Supreme Court and the recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO) about the legitimacy of the TMPCWA as a union. 

 The world now knows about the illegal dismissal by Toyota of the 233 members and officers of TMPCWA, for not recognizing the decision of the Department of Labor (DOLE) declaring TMPCWA as a Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent in earlier in March 16, 2001.

 Toyota ignored the decision of the Supreme Court ordering a Collective Bargaining Negotiation between TMPCWA and the Toyota management. Instead, Toyota created its own union, and with the help of former DOLE Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas and the current DOLE Chief Arturo Brion.

 Toyota spawned the Toyota Motor Phils. Corp. Labor Organization (TMPCLO) to cover up its failure to meet orders requiring the recognition of the TMPCWA as the legitimate union in Toyota Philippines.  

 EXPOSE AND CONTINUE OPPOSING THE ANTI-WORKERS POLICIES OF TOYOTA!

 EXPOSE AND OPPOSE THE TMPCLO-DOLE-TOYOTA CONNIVANCE!

 REINSTATE THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA PHILIPPINES!

ENFORCE THE DECISION OF THE PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ILO!###

 

 

 


 

July 1, 2007

Appeal

from

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)
Represented by Ed Cubelo, President

and

Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan
Represented by Masamichi Yamagiwa, Joint Representative


Dear comrades, friends, advocates, supporters, organizations and labor unions,                

We are seeking your support for and participation in our 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign which we are planning to launch this September!

Six years have already passed since 233 members of the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) were dismissed in the struggle for their right to collective bargaining. While living a tough life each, the dismissed workers are still continuing their struggle together with their family members in solidarity with their comrade workers at work inside the Toyota plant. On the other hand, Toyota continues to neglect the decision by the Supreme Court of the Philippines in favor of TMPCWA and, in addition, to defy the ILO recommendations as well as all the voices of workers from all over the world.

Protests against this callous behavior of Toyota disregarding local and international opinions extensively prevailed among workers across the world. This resulted in the Anti-Toyota Global Campaign conducted in 45 nations in September 2006, mainly by the member workers of the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF). Taking inspiration from this highly-successful campaign, we sincerely wish to replicate this world-wide struggle and launch another global campaign against Toyota this year .

In this regard, we humbly ask you, either as an individual or as an organization, to support the struggle of TMPCWA by participating in our Anti-Toyota Global Campaign this September. Our demand is to reinstate the dismissed workers of Toyota and to implement the collective bargaining.

We seek your support in promoting this campaign widely to your network.


Program of the 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September

Date: From September 9 to 16, with the main focus on September 12
Details of Campaign:
(1) On September 12 or 13, organizations and individuals from across the world are simultaneously to send a protest letter to the Toyota Headquarters in Japan via email or fax. Email address or fax number and a sample letter is going to be posted on August 20 on the website of TMPCWA http://www.tmpcwa.org/index_html and the Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan http://www.green.dti.ne.jp/protest_toyota/, respectively.
(2) If possible, organizations around the world are encouraged to launch a protest picket or rally in front of factories or service offices of Toyota and the Embassy of Japan during the campaign period.

Below-mentioned is the schedule of our campaign to be conducted in Japan with the participation of TMPCWA:

September 9 Nagoya City Protest activity at Toyota Building in front of JR (Japan Railway)’s Nagoya station
September 10 Toyota City Protest activity at the Toyota Headquarters
September 11 Yokohama City Encouragement Rally
September 12 Tokyo General activity at Toyota Tokyo Headquarters

We sincerely hope you could be able to add your activities in this list.

Thank you in anticipation of your wholehearted support.
Supporters for the 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September

If you wish to support the demands and struggle of TMPCWA and participate in the 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September as a supporter, please fill out the application form and send it to the email address or fax number written below, with the name of your organization and representative (or the name of you yourself and your organization if you are going to become a supporter as an individual), mailing address, email address, fax number, and phone numbers. If you use email, fax or telephone, please make sure to include your addresses or number in your return application form.

For the convenience of our campaign preparation, we would greatly appreciate it if you could give us your communication by August 15.
    
Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

Address 3-63-901 Oppamahigashi-cho, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa, Japan 237-0063
TEL +81-46-866-4930
FAX +81-46-866-4930
Email protest-toyota@list.jca.apc.org

Please turn over to next page which brings an Application Form for you.

Application Form for Participation
in the 2007 Anti-Toyota Global Campaign in September

To Support Group for Philippine Toyota Union TMPCWA in Japan

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Date:  , 2007
 

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July 20, 2007

 

Announcement: 

 

To all friends and supporters of TMPCWA,

 

Last year, the September 12 International Day of Protest entitled: “REINSTATE THEM NOW CAMPAIGN” led by the International Metalworkers Federation Headquarter was successfully held. The support from 71 organizations in 44 countries thru varied protests such as picket-protest in Japanese Embassies worldwide was fruitful in terms of generating public awareness; though Toyota decided to be continually mum on the issue. It still ignores the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court Decision, and several recommendations from the International Labor Organization (ILO) to resolve the dispute in Toyota. 

Far from resolving a nagging problem, Toyota opted the more complicated move, but not totally unthinkable, of recognizing the Bogus and company union TMPCLO, and immediately settled a “Collective Bargaining Agreement”.  Of course the move was a desperate attempt on the part of the management to erase the now well-known epithet of Toyota as a Number One Union Buster in the world.  

 

And now, a much bigger international campaign for the reinstatement of the illegally dismissed workers and officers of TMPCWA is being prepared. TMPCWA and the TMPCWA support group based in Japan will lead the campaign, and all supporters and friends of TPCWA are requested again to help in any way possible. We are requesting for an international solidarity to ensure the success of the forthcoming second wave of a global action against Toyota. 

 

For the next few days, detailed program for the campaign will be released. Again, the TMPCWA and its support group in Japan are expecting a full support and camaraderie for the campaign to reinstate the illegally dismissed workers and union officers of Toyota Philippines.

 

Thank you very much and, 

 

Long live international solidarity! 

 

ED CUBELO

Pres-TMPCWA

 

 


 

July 20, 2007

TMPCWA held picket protests in front of Supreme Court and other Philippine government agencies

 

On 20 July 2007, a protest rally was conducted by TMPCWA in front of the Philippine Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and at Bureau of Labor and Relations, to urge the said agencies to act promptly on the cases pertaining to the labor dispute in Toyota Philippines. 

 

The TMPCWA condemned the extremely slow pace of the Illegal Dismissal case at the High Court for 233 members and officers of TMPCWA; including the now 16-year old case on the Certification Election at the Court of Appeals, from an appeal from the Toyota management. And this is notwithstanding a decision from the Supreme Court itself ordering the due recognition of the TMPCWA as the sole and bargaining agent for the rank and file workers of Toyota Philippines.

 

TMPCWA also condemned in strongest terms the continued inaction of the Bureau of Labor Relations of the Department of Labor and Employment to its appeal. The DOLE also, until now, ignores the Writ of Execution for the decision of the Supreme Court. Instead, the DOLE is now engaged in a brazen connivance with the Toyota management and the TMPCLO, to come out with their own version of a CBA to do away with the Supreme Court’s decision, and several recommendations from the International Labor Organization.

 

TMPCWA will continue to mount its struggle against the anti-workers policies of Toyota Philippines, including some government agencies working in the interest of this union buster giant, particularly the Department of Labor which is shamelessly working with Toyota to suppress the workers in Toyota.

 

EXPOSE AND OPPOSE THE ANTI-WORKERS SCHEMES OF TOYOTA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR!

 

ENFORCE THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION!

 

REINSTATE THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS OF TOYOTA PHILIPPINES! ###


 

July 17, 2007 Newsletter of TMPCWA

 

 

June 20, 2007   TMPCWA visit the ILO

 

Ed Cubelo, the President of TMPCWA visit ILO together with Mr. Hayakawa

 the General Secretary of Zenzosen  and Paul Jobin from France, in its 96th

 Governing Body meeting at this year (May 28 - June 2)

 

This years visit is to inform all the ILO delegates participating in the Governing Body meeting about the dispute in Toyota Philippines and to inform all the participants that the very long labor problem are getting complicated, because of the strong connivance of Philippine Toyota and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The recognition of the company controlled yellow union - TMPCLO and the conclusion of a bogus Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

 

Many Trade Unionist and delegates in the ILO Governing Body Session were very surprised upon hearing the information and could not believe that the problem is not yet resolve after more than six years already. Some of the delegates are misinformed that the problem was already resolve. Many delegates whom we met are very angry of Toyota's arrogant attitude and they promised to continue to support TMPCWA.

 

We have a chance to meet some officials of the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) - Headquarters to update them on the present situation of our struggle and the IMF Headquarters promised to continue to support the reinstatement of the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA. We have also the chance to interview by a progressive International Journalist to help TMPCWA exposure of Toyotas' anti-workers activities against its workers. 

 

 

 

May 1, 2007  

 

WARM SOLIDARITY GREETINGS TO ALL!

TMPCWA celebrating the First of May together with some progressive workers organization in Southern Tagalog Region.

TMPCWA launch its membership meeting for inside workers on the same day before the formal celebration of the labor day.

Many of the inside members of TMPCWA join the marching in the streets of the regions without any hesitation and with high moral, while the yellow union of Toyota management - TMPCLO had no activity in this very valuable labor day.

 

April 4, 2007  

 

On March 28 to April 3, 2007, TMPCWA President ED CUBELO together with the Vice President of Nissan Workers Union (BANAL-OLALIA-KMU) Rodel Diolata visit Japan to join the Japanese workers activity and to stage protest action in front of Toyota Tokyo Headquarters and Nissan Tokyo Headquarters. While the members of TMPCWA and BANAL stage protest action in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

 

ED CUBELO and the Support Group in Japan paid a visit to Toyota Tokyo Headquarters and inform the management of Toyota Motor Corporation-Japan that the labor dispute between TMPCWA and Philippine Toyota is not yet over. ED Cubelo also  inform all the Japanese People that Toyota Motor Corporation Japan did not find any solution to resolve the very long problem in Philippine Toyota, instead Toyota created and recognize the yellow union TMPCLO to divert the issues against the international campaign of TMPCWA.

 

Toyota Tokyo Headquarter Representatives share the same arrogant attitude of the other Officials of Toyota by responding that they will forward the message of TMPCWA to the top Officials of Toyota Japan because they do not have any idea on what is happening in Philippine Toyota.

 

While Nissan Japan was very surprised on the visit of Rodel and the Support group in Japan. Rodel and the Support Group handed the demand letter to Nissan Management in Japan to make action and resolve the labor problem in Nissan Philippines.

 

The Nissan representatives promised Rodel and the Support Group in Japan that they will study the case and will give their answer to the letter.

 

TMPCWA and BANAL experiencing almost the same situation in the Philippines. Nissan Philippines did not respect the supreme Court decision to reinstate the 144 striking workers of Nissan, while Philippine Toyota did not respect the Supreme Court Decision and continue to ignore the four recommendations of International Labor Organization favoring TMPCWA.

 

TMPCWA and BANAL will join it hands and will continue the struggle together together with the support of the workers of the world.

 

            

Ed Cubelo and Rodel Diolata made a short update speeches on the Philippine Toyota and Philippine Nissan struggle during the welcome meeting.

 

             

Mr. Hayakawa the General Secretary                  Ed made a speech in front of Toyota                        Rodel made a report update to Philippine

 of the Zenzosen hand over the solidarity             Tokyo Headquarters.                                                  Nissan struggle to the workers of Tokyo.

banner to Rodel from Shipbuilding &

Engineering Union.  

          

Rodel & Ed join the whole day of action           Rodel made a speech in front of Nissan                Ed Made a report update to the struggle and

in Tokyo with Japanese workers.                        Tokyo Headuarters.                                                  the trade union situation in the Philippines.

 

              

             Mr. Yoshida as the moderator in Tokyo meeting.                                   Participants in Tokyo meeting.

 

April 3, 2007 picket protest in front of the Office of the Secretary of  the Department of Labor and Employment together with Philippine Nissan workers and Philippine Toyota workers with other local support.

   

Ms. Rie a member of the Support                                Virgilio Colandog being interviewded                 Protesters marching in the vicinity of the

Group in Japan made her speech as                              by NHK - Japanese Media during                          Office of the Secretary of DOLE.

she join in the protest action.                                         the protest.

    

Protesters exposing the anti-workers                    Cultural group from Southern Tagalog                    Cultural Group - KUMASA

policies and unfair treatment of                                 performing in the protest action about     

the DOLE to the workers.                                            the real situation of the workers like

                                                                                               what happened to Jesus Christ.

 

March 4, 2007  

 

On February 27, 2007 TMPCWA filed a Motion to Inhibit in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-NCR) praying for the Med Arbiter-Simonette Calabocal to inhibit herself in our Motion for the Issuance of Writ of Execution.

 

This Motion for the Issuance of Writ of Execution was filed on the 1st of September 2006 to the Office of the Secretary of DOLE, as regards of the FINAL AND EXECUTORY Decision of the Secretary of Labor Patricia Sto. Tomas that TMPCWA is a SOLE and EXCLUSIVE BARGAINING AGENT - SEBA of all the rank and file workers in Toyota.

 

The Motion for the Issuance of  Writ of Execution was Indorse by the Secretary of Labor Arturo Brion to the DOLE-NCR and assigned the case to Med-Arbiter Calabocal.

 

This Med-Arbiter Calabocal was the same Med-Arbiter who issued a RESOLUTION authorizing the conduct of another CERTIFICATION ELECTION in violation of the previous certification order favoring  TMPCWA.

 

This Med-Arbiter Calabocal is also the same Med-Arbiter who certified the Company Dominated Union TMPCLO as the new SEBA.

 

From September 2006 up to the filing of the Motion to Inhibit, the Med - Arbiter Calabocal did not act to the Motion filed by TMPCWA to issue the Writ of Execution. This is a clear bias in monopolizing the situation ###

 

click here to open the file MOTION TO INHIBIT. motion to inhibit.pdf

 

March 4, 2007  

We are posting the letter of Melchor Gonzales a member of  TMPCWA. This letter was used as evidence of TMPCWA and already submitted in the hearing of the Notice of Strike on 21st of February 2007 as additional violation of the Toyota management and as a proof of the company's continuing attacks against our members inside the factory.

The next hearing was set on March 14, 2007 as the Company's Legal Counsel will discuss the matter to the management on the alleged accusation on discrimination to TMPCWA.

 

The Brief Contents of the letter.

 

Last January 24, 2007 at around 9:00 - 10:00 pm, he was invited by his superior to get inside the Kaizen Room in the Welding Line of Corolla to discuss with him about his notebook computer that he brought inside the factory.

 

Other workers inside the room has been instructed to get out because of the sensitivity of the discussion. Only three of them in the room, Melchor, Leo Baladad-Senior Group Chief and Bonifacio Dulay.

 

In the discussion, Mr. Dulay said "dont you know that Mr. Adel Tobias (Toyota Manager) instructed the superiors if TMPCWA members committed mistakes then they must put it in the document and they were going to make actions immediately"?

 

click here to open the file. letter of melchor gonzales001.jpg

 

February 24, 2007  

We are posting the letter that we sent to the company requesting for a dialogue to discuss in the plant level on some issues regarding Discrimination, Intimidation and Harassment to our union members.

 

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION

 

WORKERS ASSOCIATION (TMPCWA)

1482 Elephant Street, Group 5, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City

Tel. No. 02-882-63-71 / Email: tmpcwa@edsamail.com.ph / tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com /

Website: http://www.tmpcwa.org / http://wwwtmpcwa.blogspot.com

 

 

7 February 2007

 

Ms. MA. CRISTINA AREVALO

H.R. Department Manager

Toyota Motor Philippines

 

 

Re: Request for a meeting with TMPCWA Grievance Committee

 

Greetings,

 

Our union, TMPCWA, is continuously pursuing for the fundamental rights of the workers in Toyota. As a union, we have the moral and legal basis to act in behalf of the workers and represent their grievances.

 

The rank and file workers are requesting us to represent them with regards to  Harrassment, Discrimination, and Intimidation the members of TMPCWA including union members are facing inside Toyota.

 

In view hereof, the TMPCWA, through our Committee on Grievance, is requesting a dialogue with the new H.R. Department Manager, Ma. Cristina Arevalo, to resolve the above mentioned issues. We are requesting that this meeting be conducted on February 9, 2007, at 2:00 in the afternoon, anywhere in side the Toyota plant. 

 

W are also requesting that the representatives of our committee be allowed by their respective superiors to attend the meeting, and be given temporary replacement if needed be, during the production hours. The following persons are grievance committee representatives: Wenecito Urgel, Armando Ibanez, Domingo Javier and Jeff  Pasamba.

 

The TMPCWA wishes to discuss these things with your office to prevent the issues from developing into yet another serious labor dispute.

 

We are hoping for a prompt response from the management about this request.

 

 

For the workers,

 

ED G. CUBELO

President -TMPCWA

 

Wenecito Urgel      

Second Vice President (Internal)

 Cc: Hiroshi Ito                                   

       Dr. David Go

 

 

 Some updates:
February 10, 2007

 LITO ALIGADA’S DEMOTION: Requiem for the management’s loyal servant


What happened to Lito Aligada is a clear case of demotion, and not a simple change of work. From being the First Vice President for Human Relation of Toyota Philippines, he is now a Department Production Manager.


But considering Aligada’s track record in tarnishing the company’s image as a whole and in particular in the Philippines, a demotion is nothing but a slap in his wrist. The company official should have been sacked. His shameless treatment of Toyota Philippines rank and file, and to its union, TMPCWA, is more than enough to warrant his outright removal from the company.


Majority of Toyota’s employees do not know this development. Whether Aligada’s demotion is unimportant or the management simply chose to keep mum on the issue is unclear. But when one considers that even before the signing of the bogus and much compromised CBA between TMPCLO and the Toyota management; Aligada’s removal from his former position had been effected, then it becomes obvious that Aligada’s performance is far from being satisfactory. The top management, it looks like, is wary with their former favorite toy puppet. The puppet is no longer effective in giving entertainment to its master so it must go.


Sooner or later, the demotion would catch fire, and to prevent the employees from reading the signs, Aligada was given a managerial position, only this time, he shares the position with Mr. Marcelino. Two claimants of one office; only time can tell who will survive.


Amateur union buster


Courtesy of some HR managers from several Suppliers of Toyota who clearly understand the legitimate struggle of TMPCWA, the union was able to learn of Aligada’s assault on the personal level, against TMPCWA’s president, Ed Cubelo. From the meetings attended by these managers, it was Aligada who personally facilitated Man-Com Meetings, Coordination Meetings, and even meetings with Toyota suppliers to discredit TMPCWA and its officers.


Aligada’s anti-workers and anti-union stance is astounding. Whenever the topic of unionism in Toyota floats, Aligada would automatically reply, like a battery operated toy puppet, that TMPCWA only creates trouble. Just like any other puppet, part of his memorized mantra includes the now meaningless claim that TMPCWA is a communist organization, and that its president is a communist. But unlike any other operated toy, Aligada claims threat to his life or personal safety.


But the puppet’s fear of his life had been heard many other of his kind. The hysteria created is such that the gate of Toyota now resembles a battle zone, well fortified with unidentifiable guards and police, accompanied by assorted people. According to an HR Manager from a wiring harness company, he’s somewhat scared in entering the vicinity of the company in Sta. Rosa. According to this company official, the guards are not ordinary guards, but mercenaries dressed to look like guards.


For those who still believe Aligada’s claims, it is high time to asses their continued belief with this disgraced and proven second rate union buster. Aligada’s obsession in destroying the legitimate efforts of TMPCWA created an unwarranted fear from the Top Management of Toyota in the Philippines. Unwarranted because unionism is a tradition in Toyota, particularly in Japan.


Aligada’s inhumane treatment against the officers of TMPCWA during the bogus Certification Election of February 2006 was witnessed by no other than the Top Level Representative of Toyota. Aligada’s almost fanatic hatred against TMPCWA was instrumental in prolonging the labor dispute in Toyota.


From the TMPCWA’s perspective, demotion is not enough. It will serve the interest of Toyota better if this amateur union buster is entirely removed from Toyota. Thanks to this amateurish union destroyer, Toyota is now known as a world class union buster.


TMPCWA has always been right in its assessment on Aligada’s role in the sub-human situation of Toyota workers in the Philippines. From the last negotiation of TMPCWA with the top brass of Toyota Philippines, attended by the International Metal Federation (IMF) in February 2006, the president of TMPCWA minced no word in saying that had Toyota removed Aligada right from the start of the dispute, the problem had not reached this level.


Dismiss Aligada! This is the united call of Toyota workers.


Just like what the term Human Relations suggests, the TMPCWA is hoping for a more humane treatment from the new HR Manager, Ms. Tini Arevalo. TMPCWA is hoping that finally, a genuine attempt in resolbing the labor dispuite in Toyota Philippines is in its way.


Dismiss Aligada!


Toyota Management, resolve the the labor dispute!


Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA)

 

We're back  
February 10, 2007

Dear all,

We are happy to inform you all that we are back to give all of you our updates to the development on our protracted struggle. We are very sorry for the long delay in posting our news because of some technical problem not in the server but because of human error. We are very new in taking care of our website and we are still studying how to sustain and develop this website. Anyway, we put some new features.

While we are having technical problem in this website, we tried to put up a temporary website in BLOG, it is a little more easier because all of the features are ready to publish. The URL is http://wwwtmpcwa.blogspot.com , we are publishing tagalog updates. We will keep on maintaing our blog website to continue publishing in tagalog language.

We are hoping that all of you will continue to visit our website and will continue to support a very important struggle.

Thank you very much!

In solidarity!

Ed Cubelo

 

 

TOYOTA'S FUTURE PLAN BEHIND THE BOGUS CBA AGREEMENT  
December 26,  2006

Dear All,

We are publishing the re-typed CBA-proposal of TMPCLO, that has been signed by TMPCLO and Toyota management last December 6, 2006. We would like to show this to all, to expose the contents of this CBA that will only served the interest of the company and the leaders of TMPCLO. We can see here on how the company and the company union are manipulating the  situation in busting TMPCWA and the future mass dismissal plan of the company.

http://www.tmpcwa.org/CBA-Prop of CLO_re-typed.doc

 

TMPCWA LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL GENERAL MEETING  
December 20,  2006

Last Sunday, December 17, 2006 TMPCWA launch successful general meeting to the inside and outside members. The family members also join the activity of the Union. In the meeting the Union reported the whole development of the year's successful struggle of the workers and discuss the future action of TMPCWA.

 

Both inside and outside members show strong unity and support for the Union and promise to regain the long victory of TMPCWA that snatch by the Company and the company union. Family members also show strong support to the TMPCWA and promise to help the union in any means to carry on the fight.

 

Illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA is very agitated and determined to continue to struggle, even they are experiencing difficulty specially this Christmas. The illegally dismissed members said they can celebrate Christmas in simple way and they already survive in five years in the same way. They added that during this time the company is always expecting illegally dismissed members to take the offer of payment, in exchange for the struggle but they promise to carry on the fight.

 

THE IMF DECIDED TO SUPPORT THE REINSTATEMENT OF ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS IN PHILIPPINE TOYOTA  
December 20,  2006

The International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) decided to continue the support for the REINSTATEMENT campaign of the illegally dismissed workers and members of TMPCWA. The decision was made in the last Executive Committee Meeting of the IMF in November.

 

The members of TMPCWA are very happy in learning this information, even though Toyota Management and the Company dominated union signed the bogus CBA agreement last December 6, 2006.

 

TMPCWA are very thankful to the support given by the IMF. This only manifests that the struggle of TMPCWA and Philippine Toyota workers is just and very important struggle for the whole labor movement in advancing genuine interest of the workers of the world.

 

Again TMPCWA would like to thank the International Metalworkers Federation and all other organization in both local and international in the continuous support for TMPCWA.

 

LONGLIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

 

For more information please visit the IMF website http://www.imfmetal.org/main/index.cfm?n=67&l=2

 

 

ANOMALIES OF TMPCLO AND TOYOTA MANAGEMENT AND THEIR BOGUS CBA
November 30,  2006

Last November 14, 2006, we have published to our website that the TMPCLO started to gather signatures of the rank and file workers to ratify the bogus CBA that agreed by Toyota management and the bogus leaders of TMPCLO. The yellow union TMPCLO also campaigning that those workers who will not sign for the ratification of the CBA cannot recieve signing bonus.

 

The Yellow union TMPCLO and the management set the general assembly of all the rank and file workers on November 14, 2006,  but the Yellow Union TMPCLO prevented the members and leaders of TMPCWA into entering in the room of the assembly. The Toyota management allowed to use the production time just to make sure the TMPCLO will gather the signatures of the rank and file workers.

 

Last November 27, 2006 our leaders from TMPCWA inside Toyota, got some documents from TMPCLO. The content is all about the signing of the bogus CBA set on November 24, 2006. The document is a letter of TMPCLO handed to us by own member of TMPCLO.

 

How come that the yellow union  TMPCLO gathered signatures of the rank and file workers to ratify the CBA without the formal signing of the negotiating panel of the yellow union and Toyota management? How come it happened first the ratification before the signing of the CBA? Legally the CBA must first sign by the parties before the ratification but its not what happened in the case of TMPCLO and Toyota management. It only shows that there is anomalies in the ratification of the CBA.

 

Yellow union TMPCLO and Toyota managment is not only fastracking the CBA negotiation but illegally ratifying the CBA to set the minds of the workers and become a member of TMPCLO. The yellow union TMPCLO and the management of Toyota is diverting the truth behind the contents of the CBA, specially the future mass dismissal of the workers. It clearly shows the Compromised Bargaining Agreement-CBAof the Yellow union and the greedy Toyota management is is a extremely bogus. ###

 

 

This is a letter of TMPCLO to the Toyota management

 

ANOTHER DELIBERATION IN THE HOUSE OF CONGRESS FOR TMPCWA:
November 16,  2006

On November 15, the House of Congress Committee on Labor set for deliberation of TMPCWA case to the continuous violation of Toyota management.

 

The hearing deliberation headed by Congressman Barrinaga of the Committee on Labor and Congressman Rafael Mariano representing ANAK-PAWIS Party List (PartyList of the Toiling Masses) leads for the investigation on the case.

 

From the DOLE Representative is USEC. LAGMAN and USEC PADILLA and Arbiter Montefalcon of the DOLE-National Capital Region and TMPCWA.

 

Toyota management did not show up instead they sent a letter reiterating that the case of TMPCWA is pending already in the Courts.

 

Cong. Barrinaga is questioning the DOLE on how the issue of TMPCWA became very critical and why the DOLE certify another union where TMPCWA is claiming as still the existing bargaining representative of the rank and file workers in Toyota. The DOLE representatives became the extension of Toyota when it defended the company's position and not looking the gravity of the law of the land and the labor code itself. For instance, the DOLE representative made an excuses that the case of TMPCWA is pending in the Court of Appeals, thats why they certify another union. But according to the law, when there is a pending cases in the courts the DOLE cannot certify niether conduct another certification election unless all pending cases is resolve.

 

Cong. Rafael Mariano ask the DOLE Officials on what will be the present status of TMPCWA despite being existing bargaining agent but the DOLE certify another union? This question is hang unclear and the DOLE officials leave this issue to the discretion of the company.

 

In more than one hour hearing deliberation of the Committee, the DOLE has been exposed conniving with Toyota management as being extension of Toyota while trying to defend the company's position and actions. Congressman Barrinaga move to submit a memorandum on the next deliberation of the Committee.

 

    

                                                                                                                         TMPCWA Representatives are the Union President ED CUBELO

                                                                                                                  and VIRGILIO COLANDOG BOD member.

 

 

                DOLE Representatives                                  Congressman ROSELLER BARRINAGA                      Congressman RAFAEL MARIANO

 

SHORT UPDATE:
November 14,  2006

Today November 14, 2006, the members and officers inside Toyota reported that the yellow union TMPCLO is now announcing the negotiation was already finished and they are now starting the process to ratify the CBA.

 

The rank and file workers are very excited to this news from the TMPCLO leaders because they want to get the benefits, but they have a question in their minds on how the negotiation is finish. They are not informed that after the postponement of the negotiation the workers did not know when it was resume and now it was already finished.

 

The TMPCLO bogus leadership is now campaigning to the rank and file workers "if the workers will not sign to ratify the CBA, the workers will not get the signing bonus.

 

The company and the yellow union TMPCLO is hurrying and fast tracking the negotiation because the members of TMPCLO is collapsing and many workers in the rank and file retracting to TMPCLO after TMPCWA expose the content of the CBA proposal and the future plan of the company to legalize the dismissal of the workers by means of the compromised bargaining agreement-CBA.

 

 

ANOTHER HARASSMENT TO THE LEADERS OF TMPCWA:
November 13,  2006

Last November 12, 2006, Our Union Vice-President (Internal) Wenecito urgel reported that the harassment of the company to him is extending to his family members.

 

Wenny informed us that his wife's nephew is a partial scholar in a technical and catholic school to where the Toyota company recruiting young workers. This technical school is forcing his wife's nephew to pay the remaining partial tuition fee amounting to Php. 4,000 by this week. But according to Wenny's wife the technical school and his nephew was agreed to pay the remaining payment on December 6, 2006 and signed a promisory note.

 

The Technical school is one of the famous Catholic school exclusive for the boys. The administration wrote and put to his nephew's records like this; " C/O WENECITO URGEL. TMPCWA UNION LEADER". 

 

This only shows that the Toyota Management is extending the harassment to our leaders because he is one of the strong officer of TMPCWA and very active in exposing the illegalities made by the company to all the workers inside Toyota factory.

 

We included this incident as another unfair labor practice of the Management and we already added this incident and we manifests during our hearing in today November 13, 2006 Notice of Strike in the National Concilliation and Mediation Board-NCMB.

 

 

HARASSMENT TO THE LEADERS OF TMPCWA:
November 10,  2006

The harassment of Toyota to our union leaders inside Toyota is continuing.

 

According to our union Internal Vice -President Wenecito Urgel that he is experiencing harassment inside the factory when he is not allowing to use the telephone and banned him to call any body outside the factory and to receive any call from any body inside and outside Toyota. Wenny as many members called him, informed us that his Junior Group Chief ALDRIN LINANG and Senior Group Chief LEO ONA, banned him to use the telephone since yesterday (November 9, 2006). This happened only in his place of work. His Group Chief even remove the telephone handset to make sure not to be use by Wenny. Wenny suspecting that the new policy was came from his Manager BOBIT MAANO.

 

Wenny is not the only leader of TMPCWA being harassed by the company. Manolito Gertes another TMPCWA officer and belong to the arrested officer of the August 21 picket in the DOLE, also reported today that the company change his Sick Leave application to Absent Without Permission or AWOP. Manolito Said that he was on Sick Leave and went to see the doctor in the hospital for check up. He got his medical certificate confirming of his records but his superior did not recognized the doctors medical certificate.

 

Both of them strongly feels that what happening to them was an instruction from their managers and from the company.

 

TMPCWA strongly condemns the continuous harassment of the company. We will for sure make necessary action against the continuing illegal activities of the company not only against the leaders of TMPCWA but to all the members of our union and bring this case to the court.

 

CONDEMN THE CONTINUOUS HARASSMENT OF TOYOTA

TO ALL THE MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF TMPCWA!

 

WENECITO URGEL - (Internal) VICE-PRESIDENT OF TMPCWA

Photo was taken during the picket in front of the Department of Labor and Employment

 

SHORT UPDATE TO THE STRUGGLE:
November 5,  2006

 

Last October 26, the Executive Vice-President of Toyota speaks in front of the office staff  workers inside the factory that "it's better to close the factory rather than reinstating the members of TMPCWA''. This information also confirmed by members of TMPCWA.

 

TMPCWA is looking this information as a threat to the EVP's position, because it seems that he is one among the company officials that has responsibility on why the 233 members and all oficers of TMPCWA was dismissed illegally by the company. He is setting the workers mind  specially the office workers to be angry to TMPCWA. He is hoping the workers from inside will say to the dismissed members not to come back  to work anymore because they will suffer if the company will close down. 

 

Toyota Officials are worried because of the decision of the Supreme Court favoring NISSAN workers reinstating more than 140 members of the striking Union in its latest decision. Toyota management thinks that the better idea is to sacrifice the whole company and the entire workers of Toyota, rather than respecting the law of the land. Just like what happened to the Supreme Court final decision nullifying the Injunction Order of the Court of Appeals in favor to the union TMPCWA, Toyota shamelessly refuse to sit for a CBA negotiation but illegally start to negotiate with their own yellow union.

 

What ever is the reason  why this Executive Vice-President of Toyota speaking like this, TMPCWA will continue to fight and advance the long struggle of the workers in Philippine Toyota.

 

JUSTICE FOR THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED MEMBERS OF TMPCWA AND OUR FAMILIES!

 

 

UPDATE TO THE ILLEGAL CBA-NEGOTIATION OF TMPCLO AND TOYOTA MANAGEMENT:
November 4,  2006

 

Last October 19, 2006, the yellow union calls a caucus to the rank and file workers in the production area to update about the negotiation between TMPCLO and Toyota management.

 

According to Eric Bascon, Vice President of TMPCLO that "the CBA-negotiation was defered because there are workers who does'nt like CBA, waht is painful is most of this workers are their members".

 

This happened after TMPCWA leaders inside the the factory continuously exposing the illegal activities and compromised CBA-negotiation between TMPCLO and the management. The expose' of the content of the CBA-proposal in political provision is the main discussion inside the factory.

 

Most of the rank and file workers does'nt know the content of the CBA-proposal of TMPCLO and the leaders of TMPCLO did not discuss the content of their CBA proposal.

 

After TMPCWA open this issues and explain to the rank and file workers by means of leaflets distribution and by caucuses during breaktime and bus hopping and canteen hopping activities, many members of TMPCLO rush to their union office to compronted the TMPCLO leaders. Many workers submits their resignation to the union because of this. Until the postponement of the negotiation, the members of TMPCLO still collapsing.

 

Many new regular workers went to TMPCWA leaders to go along with them in submitting their resignation as a union member to the office of TMPCLO.

 

Until this time, no body knows when the CBA-negotiation will resume..

 

SOME 111 RANK-N-FILE WORKERS OF TOYOTA FILED PETITION SEEKING FOR THE TRUTH:
November 3,  2006

 

Last September 21, 2006, there are some 111 rank and file workers of Toyota filed a "PETITION TO DECLARE THE CERTIFICATION ELECTION DATED FEBRUARY 16, 2006 AS WITHOUT LEGAL EFFECT/ WITH MOTION FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AGAINST TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION AND TMPCLO FROM ENGAGING IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING NEGOTIATIONS OR TO SUSPEND THE SAME IF ONE HAS TAKEN PLACE PENDING DETERMINATION OF THE RIGHTS OF HEREIN PETITIONERS AND DECISION OF THE LABOR ARBITER ON A CASE AGAINST TOYOTA FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE FOR ITS REFUSAL TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND FOR THE DECLARATION THAT TMPCLO IS A COMPANY DOMINATED UNION."

 

The petitioners praying for the office of the DOLE for the judgment to be rendered;

 

A. To declare the certification election dated February 16, 2006 to be without legal effect as it will clearly prejudice the rights of herein petitioners;

 

B. To order Toyota and TMPCLO to cease and desist in engaging in collective bargaining negotiations if one has commenced between Toyota and or suspend further collective bargaining negotiations until the Labor Arbiter has come up with the decision on the unfair labor practice charge against Toyota and or against TMPCLO as a company dominated union, and until such decision/s has attained finality.

 

Leaders of TMPCLO are claiming that some 80 workers who signed the Petition was their own members and they are very surprised to what the the 80 workers have done. TMPCLO leadership made an announcement and warned those 80 members of TMPCLO to retract from their union or to resign to their union because after the conclusion of the CBA (between the Toyota management and TMPCLO) they will for sure to terminate those workers.

 

The DOLE office in Region IV already set for a mandatory hearing on November 8, 2006 at 10:00am to all the parties involve.

 

TMPCWA salute to the 111 rank and file workers who signed the petition without fear of any harassment from both Toyota management and company dominated union TMPCLO.

 

LONGLIVE!

 

 

 

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE DOLE SECURITY GUARDS AND THE WESTERN POLICE DISTRICT WHO VIOLENTLY DISPERSED THE WORKERS:
November 3,  2006

 

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISION in HongKong have filed a complaint to the Philippine Commission on Human Rights for Human Rights violation against the DOLE guards and the police who violently dispersed the 21 officers and members of TMPCWA.

 

The Commission on Human rights issued a subpoena requiring all the parties involve in the August 16, violent dispersal to the DOLE,  to appear for a dialogue/ investigation to be conducted by the commission on November 6, 2006 at 1:00pm.

 

Philippine Toyota workers are very thankful to the action of the international human rights group concern to this issue. The workers are very eager to attend to this investigation to let everybody know how rotten the system is. We wanted to let everybody know how the DOLE illegal activities was back up by the police and how the DOLE works for the big multi-national corporations like Toyota.

 

 

 

 

 

PHILIPPINE TOYOTA AND THE YELLOW UNION TMPCLO START THE ILLEGAL CBA-NEGOTIATION:
November 2,  2006

 

Updates to the struggle:

 

After the illegal decision of the DOLE issued by the new Secretary of DOLE Arturo Brion, Toyota and its company dominated union TMPCLO start the illegal negotiation.

 

This illegal negotiation was exposed by TMPCWA as not only illegal but compromising because of the contents of the CBA proposal of TMPCLO which can legally dismiss the workers in the near future.

 

The long term plan of Toyota management was included secretly in the political provision of the CBA proposal of TMPCLO.

 

According to Toyota management plan starting next year 2007 up to the year 2010, the ration of the workers must be 60/40 or 60% contractual workers and 40% regular workers. It’s a part of the reduction plan and program of the company and was backing up by the TMPCLO.

 

Here are some highlighted provisions that already agreed by TMPCLO and Toyota management under their compromised bargaining agreement.

 

In ARTICLE II SECTION 4 – UNION SECURITY;

 

SECTION 4. LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP – Subject to law and jurisprudence, the UNION shall have the right to demand from the COMPANY the dismissal of the members of the UNION on the following grounds:

Ø      Meaning the union can terminate workers without hesitation.

Ø      The workers that became a union member can be terminated because he/she is agreed or sign and ratified the CBA proposal of TMPCLO.

Ø      Even the union members without committing any violation can be terminated because they are sanctioned by the compromised agreement.

 

Expulsion from the UNION due to the following reasons;

    • Disloyalty to the UNION;
    • Willful refusal to pay UNION dues fees and other assessments;
    • Organizing or joining another labor organization before the freedom period of the CBA

 

ARTICLE III SECURITY OF TENURE SECTION 6, and ARTICLE VI, SECTION 5 –this concretize the future termination of the workers as designed in the long term plan of the company.

 

In Lay-Off provision – the new regular workers will be affected because of the LAST IN FIRST OUT. Even the old regular workers will be affected (Article III – Section 6 ) (Art. 6 – Sec-5).

 

ARTICLE II SECTION 4 xxx The Union has delivered to the Company a written undertaking that the UNION holds the COMPANY free from any liabilities whatsoever in connection with the dismissal.

 

TMPCWA fights against this immoral and unjust idea of the Management and its yellow union.

 

TMPCWA can fight for all the rank and file workers even the contractual workers. TMPCLO and Toyota management cannot force our members to join the irresponsible union of TMPCLO and its bogus leadership that conspire with the greedy capitalist and compromises the workers rights for their own interest and benefits.  

 

let us continue to expose, oppose and condemn the illegal, immoral and compromising CBA-Negotiation between the yellow union TMPCLO and the greedy Toyota management.

 

 References:

 

Article II. Union Security:

Section 3: Automatic Coverage: The COMPANY likewise agrees that all new rank and file team members who may hereafter be employed, except those in classification not covered by these Agreement, shall be required to, as a condition of continued employment, to become members of the UNION within 30 calendar days from the date of their regularization.

Section 4: Loss of Membership: Subject to law and jurisprudence, the UNION shall have the right to demand from the COMPANY the dismissal of the members of the UNION on the following grounds:

  • Resignation from the UNION
  • Expulsion from the UNION due to the following reasons;
    • Disloyalty to the UNION;
    • Willful refusal to pay UNION dues fees and other assessments;
    • Organizing or joining another labor organization before the freedom period of the CBA.

Section 5: the UNION agrees that any sanction implemented by the COMPANY at the instance of the UNION under this Article shall be at the sole risk, responsibility and expense of the UNION in the event such sanction is reversed, or otherwise set aside or nullified by the Department of Labor and Employment or any tribunal or court of law in accordance with applicable Philippine Law or Jurisprudence, unless the tribunal or court of law has specifically placed the liability on the shoulder of the COMPANY.

 

Article III. Security of Tenure:

Section 1. The COMPANY shall formally notify the UNION in advance in the event of redundancy, retrenchment or closure of the COMPANY, or parts of it. Such notice should be given at least 30 calendar days before the COMPANY submits the required notification to the Department of Labor and Employment. During the said period, the COMPANY shall inform the UNION and discuss with it the criteria for the selection of the team members to be covered by the redundancy or retrenchment program, as well as other matters relative to the implementation thereof.

Section 2. The exercise of the COMPANY of its prerogatives under the UNION SECURITY as well as the implementation of COMPANY rules and regulations shall be in accordance with law and jurisprudence.

Section 6. In the event that the COMPANY finds it necessary to reduce the number of Rank and File team member personnel, contractual, apprentice and probationary Team Member shall  be the first to be laid off. With respect to lay-off of the regular rank and file Team Members, efficiency or performance, qualifications and personnel records being equal, seniority shall determine who shall be laid-off first.

 

Article VI. Promotion, Transfer, LAY-OFF and Recall:

Section 1. Factors to be followed in team members movements- in the exercise of the customary functions of MANAGEMENT as regards to personnel movement, transfer, lay-off and recall, the COMPANY shall be guided by the following factors:

  • Seniority
  • Capability, efficiency or performance and attitude;
  • Job knowledge and potential; and
  • Attendance

 

Capability, efficiency, performance and attitude being equal, seniority shall prevail.

   The COMPANY shall exercise just and fair evaluation of such factors. It is understood that this provision is applicable only to members of the bargaining unit to movements within the bargaining unit.

·         Seniority is defined as length of service counts from the date of hiring as a probationary Team Member.

·         Capability, efficiency or performance and attitude:

o        Ability to perform good work in accordance with the COMPANY standards.

o        Ability to cooperate with managerial, supervisory staff and fellow team members.

o        Readiness to accept supervisors and manager’s instructions and to perform them properly.

o        Compliance with the COMPANY policies, rules and regulations.

o        Physical fitness.

·         Attendance is promptness in reporting for work, in other words, prompt observance time signals, scheduled starting time, morning and afternoon break time. Main meal break time and quitting time (absence without permission, suspension, tardiness and under times are negative factors that affects attendance).

 

Section 5. LAY-OFFS – lay-offs shall be guided by the following factors:

            ”Temporary Lay-off”- This is an adjustment or reduction in workforce due to lack of materials, equipment breakdown, model change, or other causes that may necessitate a temporary reduction in the work force.

            “Permanent Lay-off- This is a reduction in the work force due to a significant and prolonged reduction of volume of the Company’s business.

            “Lay-off Procedure”- In case of lay-offs, whether in a Production or Non-Production Department, temporary, casual, and probationary Team Members will be the laid-off first. Taking into consideration length of service or seniority (on a last in- first out basis), and the needs of the COMPANY, disciplinary action, and attendance. No Team Members will be upgraded due to lay-off.

 

Article IX. Responsibilities of the Parties: To this end, industrial peace and harmonious relations among the Team Members, the UNION and the COMPANY are crucial. Both the UNION and the COMPANY agree that, for the duration of this Agreement there shall be no disruptions to industrial peace, including but not limited to lockouts, strikes, barricades, boycotts, slowdowns or other actions that may interfere with the normal operations and work schedules

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR TOYOTA WORKERS IN THE PHILIPPINES:
September 13,  2006

              some photos in the September 12, 2006 International day of protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.

 

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION WORKERS ASSOCIATION PICKET IN FRONT OF JAPANESE EMBASSY!

 

 

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA) held a picket protest last September 12, 2006 in front of the Japanese Embassy to bring to the Japanese Government our demands for Toyota COmpany to recognize our union, reinstate 136 illegally dismissed workers and start collective bargaining agreement with TMPCWA.

 

The picket protest is part of the September 12 Global Day of Action called by the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) to amplify the plight of the Philippine Toyota workers. The IMF is calling on the Japanese government to use its influence in bringing a fair resolution to more than six (6) year old case of Toyota Philippines.

 

Workers and Supporters in Australia, Brazil, Belgium, France, Kenya, South Africa, Ukraine, India and many others supports the protest actions on Japanese Embassies and consulates on the same day.

 

Workers from other Japanese owned-companies in the Philippines, under Coalition of Autoworkers and Related Industry Agains Imperialist Domination (CAR-AID) join the picket protest. The Newly-launched Metal Workers Alliance of The Philippines (MWAP) also support the protest action.

 

The Japanese Embassy officials accepted TMPCWA Leaders and other leaders of support organization to have a meeting inside the Embassy. Labour Attach'e First Secretary Shinichi KAKUI and Minister Economic Affairs Akira SUGIYAMA promised us that they will conveyed to our demand and immediately discuss the problem together with the Tokyo officials of Japan. They also promised us that they will give us information on the result of their discussion to our case.

 

TMPCWA urge the Japanese Embassy and the Japanese government to immediately act on this matter as soon as possible because Toyota is the biggest shame to all the Japanese People and Culture. Toyota is not only damaging the image and culture of Japanese people but the the whole country of Japan as a whole.

 

JAPANESE EMBASSY MUST INTERVENE TO THE LONG AND WORSENING LABOR DISPUTE IN PHILIPPINE TOYOTA!

 

TOYOTA MUST RESPECT AND IMPLEMENT THE SUPREME COURT DECISION AND ILO RECOMMENDATION!

 

REINSTATE THE ILLEGALLY DISMISSED MEMBERS AND ALL OFFICERS OF TMPCWA!

 

CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL, IMMORAL, ANTI-UNION ACTIVITY OF PHILIPPINE TOYOTA AGAINST TMPCWA!

 

CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL CBA NEGOTIATION AGAINST ITSELF USING THE COMPANY UNION TMPCLO!

 


THE TRUTH BEHIND THE ARREST AND THE FABRICATED CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST 21 LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF TMPCWA!
August 19, 2006


Last August 16, 2006, around 9:30 am, officers and members of TMPCWA went to the DOLE, to submit a letter to Secretary Arturo Brion, requesting for the issuance of the Order with merit to our Motion for Reconsideration filed on July 14, 2006. DOLE’s security guards strongly refused to let the workers to enter the DOLE and one of them suddenly draw his gun and shot 5 times.

Feared of our lives as we try to run up to the 7th floor where the office of Brion located. The workers shouted informing the DOLE’s employee that they are being shot by the guards. Suddenly some 50 policemen came in and crushed the workers with their guns together with the security guards. Five of our members were seriously wounded because the police beat, kick and hit the workers by their guns in the head. 21 of us were brought to hospital (Ospital ng Maynila) for medical treatment before we brought to the jail. All of the police were not wearing with their nameplate.

In the jail, the chief investigator at the General Assignment Section was very biased when they accepted the complaint of the DOLE’s security personnel but discriminately did not accepted the complaints lodged by the workers. The DOLE’s Security guards and the police investigator agreed to file fabricated charges against 21 TMPCWA members and officers on the following grounds; slight less physical injuries; Assault; damage to properties; illegal entry and inciting to sedition.

All of us was detained at the Western Police District (WPD) Manila for two nights and three days and only was released on August 18, 2006 at around 5:00 pm under (RFI) – Released for Further Investigations.

Among of those workers who were put to jail are; ED CUBELO, MELCHOR GONZALES, LARRY ORMILLA, ROMUALDO SIMBORIO, ROMMEL TOLENTINO, REYNALDO CUEVAS, CARLITO PALAMOS, JOHN FAJURA, PETRONIO TACLAN, ALEX CAALIM, FEDERICO TORRES, MANOLITO GERTES, ANGELO GAVARRA, ROWELL DELGADO, VIRGILIO COLANDOG, ROMMEL ARCETA, LESTER ATUN, RICKY BINDOL, JAYSON FAJILAGUTAN, JOSEPH ALICABO AND ROMMEL MARIANO, all are members of TMPCWA.


THE TRUTH BEHIND BEFORE THIS INCIDENT:

After TMPCWA filed the Motion for Reconsideration to the illegal decision of USEC. IMSON. TMPCWA members are always prevented in entering inside the DOLE building to make a follow up. The DOLE is always locking its door and do not entertain our request to meet and have a dialogue to the Secretary Brion.

Because of this situation, we did not know that there was already a result to the M.R. that we filed. On July 31, 2006, we are surprised when we got the copy on August 8, 2006, of the letter signed by Usec. Imson informing ED CUBELO that the Motion for Reconsideration of TMPCWA was denied with finality.

To our dismay, why the Office of the Secretary of DOLE will answer the legitimate and Official Motion for Reconsideration of TMPCWA with a mere unofficial letter of Usec Imson with the Approval of the SOLE addressing ED CUBELO and the Union to informed that the decision is Final? Why not an ORDER why a LETTER?

On august 04, the Office of the Secretary hurriedly releases the ENTRY OF JUDGMENT affirming the June 29, decision of USEC IMSON as final and executory. On July 14, 2006, Philippine Toyota Management started to negotiate a CBA with its company dominated union TMPCLO. Where TMPCWA already has the SUPREME COURT decision with FINALITY since 2004, but why the Company strongly refused to negotiate with us?

This pushed the TMPCWA to go to SOLE, to submit our letter requesting the issuance of an ORDER and not a mere LETTER, but instead of entertain our demand, the SOLE violently dispersed us.

Toyota management for a very long time ignored our very fundamental rights as the only legitimate sole and exclusive bargaining agent for all the rank and file workers of Toyota with LEGAL AND MORAL GROUNDS.

AFTER the released of 21 officers and members of TMPCWA on the same day August 18, 2006 afternoon, together with our supporters in Souther Tagalog Region, proceeded in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa Plant to stage a condemnation protest action.

TMPCWA promised that we will do it again without fear to be arrested AGAIN AND AGAIN, until such time that the DOLE and Toyota management stop their illegal and dirty scheme against TMPCWA.

CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL AND ANTI-UNION ACTIVITIES OF THE CONNIVING TOYOTA-DOLE AND TMPCLO!

CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL COMPROMISED BARGAINING AGREEMENT – (CBA) BETWEEN THE YELLOW UNION TMPCLO AND TOYOTA MANAGEMENT!

REINSTATE THE 136 ILLEGALLY DISMISSED MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF TMPCWA!


GENUINE INFORMATION FROM TMPCWA
August 5, 2006


TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION
WORKERS ASSOCIATION (TMPCWA)



GENUINE INFORMATION


FROM TMPCWA


CONDEMN AND JUNK THE ONE-SIDED ILLEGAL DECISION OF THE CONNIVING DOLE-TOYOTA AND THE YELLOW UNION TMPCLO!!!


ANOTHER ONE-SIDED AND ILLEGAL DECISION WAS AGAIN RELEASED BY DOLE-USEC IMSON LAST 29TH OF JUNE, 2006. OUR APPEAL TO THE FIRST DECISION OF MED-ARBITER SIMONETTE CALABOCAL THAT CERTIFIED THE YELLOW SPONSORED UNION OF TOYOTA CAPITALIST WAS JUNKED AGAIN.

As we wrote in our previous leaflets that the connivance between the DOLE-Toyota-TMPCLO will continue, to advance the interest of the capitalist to confused the minds of the workers and busting our genuine union.

Why the one-sided and illegal decision was released and still releasing by the conniving DOLE-TOYOTA and sponsored yellow union of TMPCLO?

All decisions that was released by the DOLE, since it allowed to have a bogus Certification Election last February 16, 2006 and other decision to be released to certify the sponsored union of Toyota is illegal because there is one legal union that was already certified by no other than the then Secretary of Labor Patricia Sto. Tomas being the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent (SEBA) in the March 16, 2001.


The capitalist are trying to seek help to the Court of Appeals and ask for the TRO and eventually proceed to the INJUNCTION that temporarily prevented the CBA negotiation. But the illegal action of Toyota was ended because the Supreme Court of the Philippines decided to junk the Injunction of the Court of Appeals and citing the declaration of Patricia Sto. Tomas that the TMPCWA already the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent (SEBA).

There’s no other court above the Supreme Court that Toyota can file an Appeal, in this regard, only the TMPCWA has the legal and moral grounds that the Toyota management must sit into negotiation for the CBA.

Moreover, the International Labor Organization (ILO) releases four Recommendations citing for the; 1). Reinstatement of 233 dismissed workers; 2) withdrawal of criminal charges; Union recognition for the TMPCWA as SEBA; 4) To begin the CBA negotiation between Toyota management and TMPCWA; and the Revision of Article 263(g) of the Labor Code or more popular as Assumption Order.

What pushed to the conniving forces to release another illegal decision?

Since the “deadlock in the international negotiation” last March 2006 on the issue of reinstating the 136 illegally dismissed, intensified the actions from many organizations outside the country that heightened to coordinated GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AGINST TOYOTA headed by the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF), to unitedly condemn Toyota to its continuing Anti-Workers activities and its arrogant attitude by not respecting the law in the region.

This campaign was the result on the IMF executive meeting in Norway last May agreed to launch the campaign that begin last June and will continue until the labor problem created by Toyota itself will not resolve.


Was the illegal decision that released last 29th of June already final and executory?

No. Because the last certification election happened last February 16, 2006 is totally bogus and illegal. Any decision released or to be release favoring the management sponsored union from the Med-Arbiter up to the highest Court will be illegal, because there is a clear Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent in all the rank and file since March 16, 2001 and was upheld by the Supreme Court final judgment on January 28, 2004. The Appeal of TMPCWA is correct with legal and moral grounds calling for junking the illegal decision certifying the yellow TMPCLO.

To when will the rank and file workers enjoy the CBA?

It must be a long time ago for the rank and file workers to enjoy the CBA. Only if Toyota did not paid the bond amounting to half million pesos (P500,000.00) to the Court of Appeals to issue the Injunction. Most of the content of the Article 248 of the Labor Code was violated by the capitalist Toyota and its conniving forces that are clear Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) which can be punished by imprisonment. Until Toyota capitalist continue to do illegal action using its sponsored TMPCLO and TMPCSU, the rank and file workers cannot enjoy any genuine benefits of the CBA.

Any CBA between the company sponsored union TMPCLO and Toyota is illegal and questionable by the law. If the CBA will grant to the TMPCLO, we are very much sure that this is unjust and anti-workers because behind all of this is the control of the capitalist Toyota. Toyota can continuously hide in his obligation and the only highlighted to this event is the struggle between the legality of TMPCWA and the illegality of TMPCLO.


Who really is delaying the CBA for the rank and file workers?

The expertise of the capitalist Toyota in its illegal deeds delayed the CBA for a long time now. The continuing connivance between Toyota, the yellow leaders of TMPCLO and TMPCSU, headed by Angel Dimalanta.

This is a well planned illegal strategy of Toyota; riding with it is the remote controlled bogus leaders of TMPCLO and TMPCSU that was already exposed, together with their organizer Francisco Mero, the yellow syndicate union president of Mitsubshi Motors with an orchestrated campaign that the TMPCWA is delaying the CBA.

Who has moral and legal grounds to negotiate with Toyota in CBA and what the workers can do to advance the CBA?

Only the TMPCWA has the Legal and Moral grounds to negotiate with the company, because of the DOLES final decision that upheld by the Supreme Court. The injunction of the Court of Appeals was already junked with finality since January 28, 2004, there is no legal barrier to start the negotiation for CBA with TMPCWA. The workers must analyze very well to the situation and must be united for collective actions and advance the goodness and interest based on justice and democracy. We must support those who do the right things legally and kicked out those who do thing illegal.

TMPCWA Protest Action in Japan Against Multi-national Toyota Motor Corporation!
July 23, 2006




Ed Cubelo the Union President of TMPCWA and Wenecito Urgel, the Union Vice President had visited in Japan. They invited by the Support Groups for TMPCWA in Japan to launch protest-action against Toyota. This joint activity of the Support Groups for TMPCWA and TMPCWA is in the line with the global campaign of the International Metalworkers Federation - IMF in its global campaign against Toyota by not following the decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in Favor to TMPCWA and in connection to the continuous refusal of Philippine Toyota to sit into negotiation together with the union of TMPCWA. This campaign is also to urged Toyota Motor Corporation Headquarters to respect the International Labor Organization in its four recommendation in favor for TMPCWA, that is; 1) The reinstatement of the 136 illegally dismissed members and all the Officers of TMPCWA ; 2) The withdrawal of the fabricated criminal case against 18 Union members and officers; 3) The recognition of TMPCWA as the one and only sole exclusive bargaining agent of all the rank and file workers in Toyota; and 4) The start of Collective Bargaining Agreement that is long hanging.

Ed Cubelo and Wenecito Urgel attended many gatherings informing the Japanese people of what Toyota did to its workers but continuously hiding it in the people in Japan. Many Japanese Organizations warmly supported the TMPCWA actions and joined in picket-actions in Front of the Toyota Headquarters in Aichi last July 17, 2006.

The Big gatherings and meetings in Tokyo, Kanagawa Yokohama City, Osaka, and Omiya City is very successful and all delegates promised to help and support the TMPCWA and to launch massive protest action in Japan as their future activities and will help to nationalize the very long labor problems of Philippine Toyota workers and the TMPCWA.

The Protest-Toyota Campaign is now circulating protest-letter to the Philippine Toyota management, Toyota Headquarters in Japan and the Department of Labor and Employment in The Philippines for releasing the one-sided decision favoring the yellow union sponsored by the Philippine Toyota management.

On July 22, 2006, another member of TMPCWA is going to Australia by the Support of Australian Metal Workers Union - AMWU. This support is the action of Australian workers in connection with the global campaign of the IMF against Toyota.

TMPCWA and all support organization internationally expecting more actions in the coming days to condemn Toyota to its anti-union activity in the Philippines.

HELP AND SUPPORT THE TMPCWA STRUGGLE AND REGISTERED YOUR LETTER OF PROTEST.

LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

For additional information please visit the website of the International Metalworkers Federation - IMF and the Labor Net - Japan;

http://www.labornetjp.org/Campaign/2006/toyota_eng/protest200607_html
http://www.labornetjp.org/
http://www.imfmetal.org/main/index.cfm?id=47&l=2&cid=13914


TMPCWA UPDATE:
June 27, 2006




In line with the International Metalworkers Federations -- IMF global campaign, the TMPCWA launch picket actions in front of the Japanese Embassy today and in front of the Toyota Manila Bay one of the sales office of Toyota near the Embassy.

This action of TMPCWA is to inform the Embassy of the gross and continuous violations of Toyota to both local and international laws and to urge the Embassy to educate Toyota to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court and the recommendations of International Labor Organization for four years now.

We also inform the Embassy of the widening support of TMPCWA and the international and global campaigns of all the support organizations of our Union against Toyota. And we highlighted some major issues that was raised by the ILO in its four recommendations; 1) the reinstatement of illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA; 2) the withdrawal of fabricated criminal charges against our 18 members and officers; 3) The recognition of our union; and 4) to start the CBA negotiation.

Before we leave the Embassy, we promised them that we will come back and will launch same actions, if the Embassy will not make measures in the very bad behavior of Multi-National Toyota Motor Philippines Corporations.


Philippine Toyota workers struggle update



Dear Friends and Supporters of TMPCWA,

Warmest greetings!

On behalf of the members of TMPCWA I would like to thank you all in supporting our struggle.

I am sending some information about the new situation after the toyota management refuse to accept to work the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA.

The situation:

After the Certification Election on February 16, 2006, as of this time there is no result from the Department of Labor and Employment. The company union TMPCLO failed to get the simple majority vote of 50% + 1, even they have the support of the management. TMPCWA manage to get some 237 votes from inside workers and 89 votes from illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA that place as a challenge votes by the conniving Labor Department, Toyota management and its Sponsored company union TMPCLO.

because of this, the management again return to table to negotiate with TMPCWA by the effort of the IMF. The General Secretary Marcello Mallentacchi, Asst. Gen. Secretary Brian Fredricks and Dir. for the South Asia Pacific Region Arunasalam together with IMF Toyota affiliated unions from South Africa, Britain, Thailand, Australia and Japan, visit the Philippines to support the TMPCWA illegally dismissed members to bring back to work. The IMF together with the TMPCWA faced with the Toyota management in the table to strongly insist the reinstatement of some 136 remaining members of TMPCWA that belongs from the original 233 illegally dismissed by Toyota since March 16, 2001.

The IMF effort started from last year August 2005 to meet the management in Tokyo japan together with TMPCWA to discuss the reinstatement. It continued until February 6, 2006 on the hands of the IMF-JC but the company refuse to reinstate the dismissed members even there are three recommendations from the ILO favoring TMPCWA as well as the final decision of the highest court of the Philippines - the Supreme Court favoring also the TMPCWA on its final decision to start the negotiation September 23, 2003 and January 28, 2004.

The February 6, 2006 meeting negotiation of TMPCWA and the management is the last meeting after TMPCWA noticed that the company is only using the venue to complete the plan of totaly destroying the TMPCWA in its design of new certification election. And because the management sponsored union TMPCLO is not get the simple majority and the issue of CE still pending in the Court, the company again agreed to bring back the negotiation but now it handled by its general headquarters.

The situation is getting worst now. The IMF is trying to unite the two unions (TMPCWA and TMPCLO) to stablish a joint committee to negotiate with the company for a collective bargaining agreement but first to discuss the reinstatement. TMPCWA agreed on the proposal to show respect and to build relations among the other union and unite together, but the leaders of TMPCLO is very closed to the management Toyota. Toyota and TMPCLO leaders position is the same - to open the challenge voters pending in the COurt, while TMPCWA seeks CBA negotiation with the company.

TMPCWA gather signature campaign Petition for immediate CBA negotiation after the election because we still the existing bargaining agent. in Three weeks we gather 437 signatures including the dismissed members, but it was block by TMPCLO when they launch together with the management new Petition and gathering signature to open the challenge voters that they will use in the Court.

We are calling all the supporters of TMPCWA as well as other global union federations to help us and IMF expose and launch strong actions internationally and coordinated. Its just a time for all the workers in the world to help together and help the very long struggle of TMPCWA to find justice, because the fight of Philippine Toyota workers is the fight of the workers of the world against the powerful Multi-national and trans-national Toyota.

Please circulate this information to all of your friends and send a message to us for a possible help. tmpcwa@edsamail.com.ph, tmpcwa1998@yahoo.com.

Pls visit our website www.tmpcwa.org

We will let you inform of the updates and the coordinated actions internationally.

this is all and thank you very much!

International Solidarity!

Ed Cubelo
President - TMPCWA
March 31, 2006





UPDATE TO THE STRUGGLE OF TMPCWA.


UPDATE 17. February 2006

TMPCWA join the CE last February 16, 2006 because there was no choice but to continue to fight against dirty tactics of Toyota.

The result of the election:

TMPCLO 424
TMPCWA 237
NO TO UNION 8
SPOILED 15
CHALLENGE VOTERS 121 (102 STA. ROSA) + (19 G.T. TOWER)
CHALLENGE VOTERS (ILLEGALLY DISMISSED) 89
TOTAL 894

From the very beginning there was a huge cheatings from the conniving forces of Toyota management-Department of Labor and Employment-TMPCLO and still continue.

Challenge Voters (CV) means that according to the law all voters that is not qualified voters but allowed to vote by the parties must be segregated and can opened if agreed by all the parties or after determining that they are belong to qualified voters.

In our case, the CV are employee which level 5, 6 and seven and this levels belongs to the supervisory levels and not a rank and file. There is Jurisprudence in the similar case in Toyota declaring by the Supreme Court that only the levels 1 to 4 are qualified voters for the rank and file workers in Toyota. That's why all levels 5-7 are CV

But the DOLE placed all the dismissed members as challenge voters and their votes can be opened after the final judgment of the Supreme Court. This is very painful to us, because according to the Philippine Labor law, that the dismissed workers with pending case in the court can vote and their votes must be counted as qualified voters. Some of the dismissed members could not vote because they are now working abroad and the others stays in far provinces.

In our bus-hopping campaign program, for the last 2 days before the election take place. We manage to get in the shuttle busses of the Toyota workers. But in the 2nd day, after learning by the management, that the dismissed members of TMPCWA successfully made the propaganda campaign and exposed the connivance. The Toyota management put two company guards to every shuttle bus service of the workers and did not allowed our members to get inside to make the campaign.

Last February 15, 2006, TMPCWA launch protest vigil in front of Toyota Sta. Rosa plant together with other local support organization in the Southern Tagalog Region to expose the designed certification election against TMPCWA.

Around 8:00 p.m. some military soldiers inside the company tried to disperse us because the management was not allowed to stay in front of the company. We have nothing to do but to withdraw and pullout the picket, because we are worried if we defied it although we can continue to stage the vigil, and if there will something bad to be happened to our members or our supporters, our vote will be sacrifice. We brought back the picket early as 3:30 a.m. in front of Toyota and start the campaign while waiting for all the incoming workers.

Before the election The First Vice President of H.R. (Human Relations) Department Jose Aligada talk to us that they would not allowed to enter all the illegally dismissed members of TMPCWA at the same time and they will have to control for every 5 person to enter and vote to the isolated polling booth for the dismissed workers in the parking lot.

Aligada said that the company will not allow entering the President of TMPCWA in the major polling precint as poll watchers or as observer. But because the poll watchers of TMPCWA inside were insisting to allow their President to sign the ballot or they cannot continue the election. The DOLE had nothing to do but to request to the company to allow entering the president of TMPCWA.

After the signing of the ballots, the bias presiding officer Lourdes Ching of the DOLE force to repel and pulled the President of TMPCWA to go out of the polling precint and did not allowed to watch nor to observe in the CE. It again happened after his vote in the isolated polling precint for the dismissed workers when Mr. Aligada, the First Vice President of H.R. Department does the same to the union president of TMPCWA.

Aligada directly interfere in the election precint and dictates the DOLE's Representatives on what to do in the elections. There is a direct interference when Aligada insisted that all the dismissed members not included in the list of voters but present during the time and was identified by the poll watchers of TMPCWA and TMPCLO must not allowed to vote. Where in this part, the company is only a by-stander in the CE, but the DOLE's give consent to Aligada.

Aligada threatened TMPCWA President, if he will not going out; he will force to do it with the aid of the company's security personnel. The TMPCWA President strongly refuses to go out because he has the right to stay because he is the union President. Then Aligada commanded the head security at the gate that the dismissed workers can enter only for four people every time.

Because of the strong presence of TMPCWA President in the polling precint, Aligada again forced him to get out using the black mail that no more dismissed members can vote if he will remain to stay in the area. The TMPCWA President had no choice but to go out because he cannot sacrifice the votes of his members. The company guards escorted him in going outside the Toyota plant.

Where can we find in the world in the issues of Certification Election to where the contending union which is written in the ballot, but all the officers cannot observe the election proceedings?

Where can we find in the world in the issues of CE, that the Union President can be placed as a Challenge Voters? We can found it only in Toyota Philippines!

After the Election, we placed our manifestation and protest recorded to the minutes of the election that there was a failure of election with the attached 9 pages of violation and harassments as recorded by our poll watchers during the election process.

There is no winner in the CE, because the TMPCLO did not reach simple majority of the total valid votes cast. The TMPCWA still the bargaining agent in Toyota Philippines and must continue the fight!

ED CUBELO
17th February 2006


Update February 9, 2006

Last February 6, 2006, TMPCWA staged a picket protest at the office of Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region, DOLE – NCR, to protest the unjust memorandum of Mediator-Arbiter Simonette Calabocal and Hearing Officer Lourdes Ching. Both officers of DOLE, in the influence of Toyota management, immediately decided and finalized the date, rules, mechanics, and official list of voters for Certification Election last February 1, 2006 pre-election conference held at their office.

The CE was set on February 16, 2006. Despite the fact that we filed at their office a motion to extend the date of the PEC because of our appeal to the Court of Appeals, (Motion for Reconsideration with Petition for Temporary Restraining Order), waiting for the resolution of CA. The DOLE Med-Arbiter and Hearing officer unitedly put the 233 illegally dismissed member of TMPCWA as challenge voters while allowing the level 5-8 employee (Supervisory level according to Supreme Court Ruling) to vote as rank and file.

During our militant protest on February 6, 2006, DOLE-NCR Director Ricardo Martinez permitted our leaders to enter his office and hold a dialogue with him. During the dialogue, we demanded to the Director to revise the unjust and rail-road rulings of the Med-Arbiter and asked him to call another pre election conference hearing. He promised us that he will take the necessary action. Our protest action cause the delayed of posting of the list of voters in Toyota plant.

In the morning of February 8 2006, we came back to the office of DOLE-NCR to check if there were changes on Med-Arbiter Calabocal ruling and to meet again the Director. But during that time, no other officers wanted to assist us, according to their staff, other officers of the DOLE, doesn't like to be involve in the very controversial case of Toyota. It took us until the afternoon when we received the new memorandum of Med-Arbiter Calabocal thru her staff. She changed her first decision. She allowed our dismissed members to vote legitimately and she put the votes of all level 5 to 8 on challenge. We consider these changes as a success of our militant action.

Inside Toyota plant, the officers of the management led union TMPCLO, Supervisory union president Angel Dimalanta, Toyota management agent, Francisco Mero and some managers and department heads continuously harassing our union members, psywar and forced those not member of TMPCWA workers to vote for TMPCLO. They are spending all time and resources of Toyota to campaign for TMPCLO. But our leaders and members inside are solid to their stand that only TMPCWA are the genuine union for all rank and file workers of Toyota that struggling for the interest of all workers. We are now on mass campaign fighting against Toyota, TMPCLO, TMPCSU and their agents, head to head reaching out all workers and office staff employees to organize, influence them and vote for TMPCWA.

Update February 6, 2006

The struggle of TMPCWA is almost five years now, after dismissing some 233 union members and all of its officers. Despite the final decision of the Supreme Court, last January 28, 2004, nullifying the Injucntion of the Court of Appeals, to start the collective bargaining agent with the management of Toyota and recognizing the TMPCWA, as the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent of all the rank and file workers of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, as well as the three recommendations given by the Committee on Freedom of Association – International Labor Organization, dated November 2003, December 2004 and November of 2005. Despite all of this favorable decisions and recommendations for TMPCWA, the Philippine Toyota still refuse to negotiate with the union-TMPCWA.

The desperate deed of Philippine Toyota, when it failed to bust the TMPCWA after a very long time, Toyota formed a yellow union of TMPCLO (Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Labor Organization).

This bogus yellow union sponsored by Toyota management filed a Petition for Certification Election before the Department of Labor and Employment last February 2005. TMPCWA opposed this filing of the CE, questioning that there is already a certified bargaining agent, unfortunately the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) entertained the Petition and granted the conduct of new Certification Election.

TMPCWA, together with the Support Organizations from the local and international community send protest letters to all the regional office of the DOLE, condemning the order of the Med-Arbiter John Frederick de Dios. After few days the DOLE kicked-out the Med-Arbiter who ordered to conduct the new CE.

Unfortunately, the new decision was issued by the Secretary of DOLE Patricia Sto. Tomas on December 2005, affirmed the decision of the Med-Arbiter De Dios. The most outrageous part is the same Secretary of Labor who certified the TMPCWA as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent turned it back favoring the TMPCLO.

Dissatisfied by the decision of the Secretary of DOLE, the TMPCWA appealed and brought the case to the Court of Appeals, to seek for Temporary Restraining Order to stop the illegal conduct of CE.

Despite of the pending Appeal filed by TMPCWA before the Court of appeals, the Med-Arbiter calls for a hearing and start the pre-election conference-(PEC) last January 17, 2005 by Med-Arbiter Simonnette Calabocal.

TMPCWA filed an Opposition and launched picket actions in front of the DOLE, while the hearing is ongoing. TMPCWA also questioned the legality of the pre-election conference (PEC) and its jurisdiction in handling the case. The Presiding Officer Lourdes Ching, obviously favoring the Toyota management representatives together with the management sponsored union TMPCLO, when she received the list of voters submitted by the management and agreed to the request of TMPCLO to speed up the schedule of the next hearing.

On the hearing on January 26, 2006, TMPCWA again launched Picket actions inside and outside the Office of the DOLE, while the hearing is ongoing. The presiding officer Ching, announced that the Med-Arbiter has issued a memorandum to proceed with the PEC.

There is a clear connivance between the TOYOTA-DOLE-TMPCLO, when the Med-Arbiter Calabocal failed to issue an Order to all the Opposition and Manifestation of TMPCWA, instead it used the memorandum so the TMPCWA cannot make appeal and cannot stop the process of the Certification Election (CE)

On February 1, 2006 Hearing, TMPCWA submitted a Motion for Extension of Time, because we are waiting to our request to the Toyota management to give us a copy with the complete details of the list of rank and file workers. To our surprise the Presiding Officer Ching, Toyota management and TMPCLO, finalized the date of the election on February 16, 2006 and the whole mechanics without any presence of the TMPCWA.

The conniving representation officer Lourdes Ching and the representatives of TMPCLO and the Toyota Management have confederated and collaborated among themselves to rush the conduct of a certification election and railroad the procedure against the TMPCWA and its members and supporters.

The conniving TMPCLO, Toyota Management and the DOLE-NCR representation officer illegally agreed among themselves to stack up their concocted list of voters with employees who are not members of the rank and file bargaining unit. They again included those supervisory levels to vote in the election.
The conniving Labor representation Officer-Toyota Management-TMPCLO have mass disenfranchised qualified voters consisting of some 134 (original number was 233) who have a pending case before the Supreme Court for illegal dismissal. These 134 dismissed employees with pending case of illegal dismissal was place as challenge voters, where the fact is those dismissed members of TMPCWA are qualified voters.
The conniving DOLE-TOYOTA-TMPCLO disarmed the TMPCWA of effective poll watching by not allowing TMPCWA Union Officers from acting as poll watchers or representatives during the actual conduct of the election, by agreeing among themselves only to allow those who are actually employed but excluding those employees with pending illegal dismissal case. This is intended to deprive TMPCWA of effective poll watching for the prevention of poll fraud and illegal machination, and instill fear among the rank and file voters.

The conniving DOLE-TOYOTA-TMPCLO by agreeing not to allow the 134 dismissed but with pending illegal dismissal case, TMPCWA officers and members not to cast our votes in the regular polling place for all rank and file employees at the Toyota Sta. Rosa Plant, but only at the Central Park Depot parking lot near the main gate is a clear discrimination designed and calculated to diminish the support and trust of the members of the rank and file bargaining unit to the TMPCWA.

There has been no agreement on the voters list. The Management simply submitted the alleged list of regular employees in compliance with the Med-Arbiter. Copy of their list was furnished to TMPCWA and TMPCLO and they acknowledge receipt of it for inclusion/exclusion but not agreed to it as the list of voters. Precisely the dismissal of the Union Officers and members are contested in an illegal dismissal case before the Supreme Court on grounds of Unfair labor practice and now, they are succeeding in effecting their ULP acts of ultimately destroying TMPCWA.

The TMPCWA is registering a continuing protest that the DOLE-National Capital Region-NCR , its Secretary, subalterns, Regional Officers and functionaries has no jurisdiction to order for another certification election and must stop from proceeding with the implementation of the order for certification election pending before the Court of Appeals.

WE ARE CALLING THE ATTENTION OF ALL THE FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF TMPCWA LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY TO RAIN PROTEST LETTERS TO THE PHILIPPINE TOYOTA, DOLE, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION JAPAN AND CONDEMN, EXPOSE AND OPPOSE ALL DIRTY ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE TMPCWA.

WE ALSO NEED HELP TO ALL OF YOU TO SEND STATEMENT OF SUPPORT AND CALLING THE RANK AND FILE WORKERS TO VOTE FOR TMPCWA AS THIS IS THE ONLY UNION IN PHILIPPINE TOYOTA ADVANCING THE GENUINE, MILITANT AND NATIONALIST TRADE UNION THAT CAN PROTECT THE GENUINE INTEREST OF THE WORKERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE CERTIFICATION WILL TAKE PLACE.

LONG LIVE THE WORKING CLASS!

FOR THE WORKERS!


ED G. CUBELO
PRESIDENT – TMPCWA