THE union bloc of a radio network based in Davao City is set to go on strike after majority of its members said “yes” to a strike vote conducted by the union on Monday.
Radio Mindanao Network Davao Employees Union (RDEU) president Gina Hitgano told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview that of the 19 union members, 17 voted in favor of a strike while two others abstained.
RMN DAVAO EMPLOYEES UNION LAMBASTED RMN MANAGEMENT FOR VIOLATING THEIR CBA
Media workers under the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Davao Employees Union (RDEU) decried union busting after the RMN management reportedly denied workers’ democratic rights and violated certain provision in their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
RDEU President Gina Hitgano said that their union conducted a strike balloting and came up with a decision to hold a picket rally in front of RMN network in Davao City.
Hitgano stressed that the objective of the picket is to urge the RMN management to go back to the negotiation table in order to discuss the economic provisions outlined in their CBA.
Based on the CBA, RDEU and RMN management should sit down together and talk about the economic provisions.This serves as a venue for both parties to discuss these concerns every three years.
However, instead of addressing the legitimate demands of the media workers, the RMN management hired contractual workers without informing the union. “RMN management is clearly committing grave violations and this is nothing short of union busting,” Hitgano expressed.
Out of 22 union members, there are only 17 members left to date.
RMN management also reasoned out that they will not hire replacements since other members of the operations unit already have the capacity to do the additional job.
Again, Hitgano lambasted the management for violating the spirit of the agreement.
Meanwhile, union members who organized the picket last August 26, 2014 were harassed by an unidentified man who took videos of the protesters in the picket line. Afterwards, that man drove away in an SUV car without a plate number, together with a man riding a motorcycle without a plate number as well.
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) expressed their support for the RDEU in their fight against the RMN management.
According to KMU Southern Mindanao Region Secretary General Romualdo Basilio, the plight of RDEU members mirrors the general situation of workers who fall prey to union busting, harassment, violation of CBA, among others.
Hitgano reminded the RMN management that they will not stop fighting for their rights and pushing forward their legitimate demands.
Timan-e ni ninyong nawonga intel ni sya ug kadtong duha naa sa iyahang likod mao ni sila ang SEGI UG PICTURE sa mga empliyado sa DXDC-RMN Davao ug 93.9 iFM samtang nagpahigayon ug rally atubangan sa station diri sa corner Anda, Bonifacio Sts., Davao City. Daghan ni sila naa pay babae.