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Apalit mayor steps in labor dispute involving Binay dummy

Jul 14, 2015 @ 8:25

Apalit, Pampanga Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. wants to help mediate in the long-delayed labor dispute between a local steel plant partly owned by an alleged dummy of Vice President Jejomar Binay and its displaced workers.

Tetangco said the municipal government has been helping workers of Stronghold Steel Corporation, who are still waiting for their unsettled separation pay from the firm.

“Pumupunta sila dito at humihingi ng tulong. Binibigyan namin sila financially, kasi ‘yung problem nila is internal e, kaya hanggang dun lang kami,” Tetangco said.

Formerly known as Milwaukee Steel Corporation, the firm–which is believed to be partly-owned by Antonio Tiu, an alleged dummy of Binay–was permanently shut down last January, promising to give its workers their separation pay.

“Sana magkaayos at magkasundo na sila once and for all para matapos na kasi six months na yung mga workers nila dun [protest site],” Tetangco said.

Until now, the union is still fighting for their rights and the just payment that they deserved, according to union leader Allan Pangilinan.

The negotiation between two parties, he added, is still ongoing at the Department of Labor and Employment where both camps are working on an amicable settlement.

The reason for the shutdown of the plant is still unknown to the workers until now, but they claimed that the Tiu siblings, who are the owners of the firm, do not allegedly “share the same interest now”.

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