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There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity with Striking Filipino Nestle Workers

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THERE’S BLOOD IN YOUR COFFEE!
NESTLÉ KILLS WORKERS

Protest in Support of Striking Filipino Workers
Friday 6th March, 2pm
Nestlé Head Office, 1 Broadway, Newmarket

“We are determined to get justice, even if our fight has caused the murder of our two union presidents, the death of 22 of our co-workers, the forced stopping of our children from school and the forfeiture of our properties."
Noel Alemania, union leader.

For more than seven years 600 workers from the Cabuyao factory of Nestlé Philippines have been on strike in order to enforce their right to negotiate their retirement benefits.

In 1991, as a result of a previous strike, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that Nestle management could not exclude the retirement benefits from collective agreement bargaining. In 2002 Nestlé workers were forced to go on strike as a result of Nestlé management demanding the exclusion of retirement benefits from their collective agreement. In 2006, the Supreme Court gain ruled and reaffirmed the validity of its 1991 decision. It explicitly ordered Nestlé management to return to the negotiating table (and by necessary implication to call back its workers) to resume CBA negotiations with the union, including the issue of retirement benefits.

To date, the company has deliberately and contemptibly flouted the court's orders, just as the government has deliberately and contemptibly failed to enforce them.

The protracted dispute has been marked by a militarisation of the factory and the violent dispersal of the workers' picket lines and protests at the factory gate and elsewhere by the police and military, measures the company has encouraged and been fully complicit with. This repression has directly or indirectly resulted in 23 strike-related deaths, including union leader Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna, who was assassinated on his way home from a picket line on September 22, 2005.

His predecessor, Union president Meliton Roxas, was assassinated in front of the picket line on January 20, 1989, during the workers' previous strike involving the same issue. To date, not a single perpetrator has been apprehended for these murders, in spite of strong indications that they were the handiwork of the police, military or their agents. Three months ago the union lawyer Attorney Remigio Saladero was unjustly imprisoned on fabricated charges of multiple murder and attempted murder. He and other activists are facing a new trumped-up murder charge barely a week after the court ordered their release on 6th February 2009.

For more information please check out the following:

The website of the striking workers.
http://www.blood-in-your-coffee.blogspot.com.

The Free Atty Saladero Coalition
www.freeattysaladero.wordpress.com

Nestle Kills Workers! Tribute to murdered Nestlé Union Leader Pangulong Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVmUoouSfAg&feature=related

The Brutal Dispersal of the Striking Workers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYPsFvSbPcE&feature=related

Auckland Philippines Solidarity
Luke Coxon: luke.coxon@ndu.org.nz
021 617 131

Related

http://www.blood-in-your-coffee.blogspot.com.

http://www.freeattysaladero.wordpress.com

Comments

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

am looking for Helen Barry ,formerly of the House of Bethany in Dunedin

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

I'm cheap and buy Greggs Instant (mud).
I saw on the telly that they're the only NZ based instant coffee maker.
How does Greggs stack up on the FairTrade market.

p.s. I'll note Oxfam and a few other "FairTrade" coffee companies might be better but are still less than fair in their trade.
Also Trade Aid uses free labour and so just transfers the economic injustic to NZ workers who need to work to eat unlike Trade Aid vollies.

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

so those that volunteer at trade aid dont need to eat eh

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

Evidently so.

There's Hypocrites in Your City Auckland

nestle employs workers you non-thinking automatons. oh - and how was your nestle coffee this morning?

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

What is needed is for the workers to take over the plant and set the rules for themselves, and the planned society that won't use violence against them when they ask for a living wage. In this a workers state would work in their interests. It is glaringly apparent that the bosses state is not only not serving the workers but also attacking their just cause for a union that improves living and working conditions. Had Spartacus won the whole world would have been done with violence against the workers globally.

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

Thanks for the support!!! Tuloy ang Laban!!! Katarungan kay ka Fort!!! Boycott All Nestle products...

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

A workers state has proven to be an oxymoron. The state never works for the workers. History shows we end up with a new caste of party bureaucrats or officials who parasitically leach off those who actually produce.

Confusion over Coffee

no - that's called "stalinism"

Re: There's Blood in Your Coffee! Auckland Protest in Solidarity

or AWeSoMe!