The Sangguniang Bayan Mariveles has moved to help the workers of the FCF Manufacturing Corporation inside the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB).
Councilor Susan Madla-Murillo, Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Employment, called a committee meeting following a commotion among FCF workers that occurred in the work station a couple of weeks ago.
“We immediately scheduled the committee meeting to know the problems of FCF workers and how SB Mariveles can help”, said the lady councilor.
FCF Workers Union President Armando Delos Santos said they have already discussed their problems with Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and FCF management during a mediation meeting last November. He said their woes included: delay in salary; non-remittance of SSS, PAG-ibig, and PhilHealth contributions; floating status of some workers; and the implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He said though that the commotion that happened was “not instigated by their Union but own action of disgruntled workers”.
Vice Mayor Lito Rubia said, “What we can do here at SB Mariveles is to make FCF management and the workers to talk. We know we can achieve something when we talk and understand each other”.
“We are in a pandemic, the situation is not easy especially for workers, we are confident for the action of the FCF management”, he also said.
The Vice Mayor also said he is supporting the suggestion of Councilor Angel Sunga, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employment, to have a representative from SB Mariveles when AFAB, FCF management, and workers hold dialogue in particular Madla-Murillo, being the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Employment.
For his part, Councilor Ronald Arcenal has asked FCF management where is the money deducted from the workers as contributions to SSS, PAG-ibig, and PhilHealth.
To the response of AFAB representative Jan Jameson Zulueta that the money is intact, Sunga urged him to show to the officers of the FCF Workers Union where it is being kept to avoid doubt.
In order to avoid escalation of the problems, Councilor Tito Catipon appealed to the Union officers to sit down and thresh out issues with the FCF management noting that AFAB is always there to help them.
Murillo in her statement has asked for prayers that FCF continues its operation, and salary of the workers is not delayed as well as benefits are given to them.
Other officers of FCF Workers Union, AFAB representative Ramil V. Esguerra, and CLUB President Elwin Sebastian also attended the committee meeting.
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