The 21,000 strong workers of the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Phils. Inc. is located in the “global gateway of asia” (Subic, Zambales). The facility is a sprawling 230 hectares, a $ 1.7 B investment that was inked by the Arroyo administration in 2005. It started operation on May 2006 and made its first vessel in 2008.
The year 2008 was marked with the string of deaths of the Hanjin workers due to non-compliance to Occupational Health and Safety standards (OHSS) and labor laws.
The fear that their jobs turn into their graveyard prompted the workers to organize Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Phils. Inc. Workers Union (HHCIPIWU). This exercise of their right to self-organize was met by the management with various forms of repressions including: illegal dismissal of 60 active union leaders and its four-year long appeal on the issuance of the certificate of the union registration by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). This is despite fulfilling the requirements.
Undeterred the workers decided to struggle for their protection and welfare by creating in 2009 SAMAHAN (Samahan ng mga manggagagawa sa Hanjin Shipyard) an association of Hanjin workers. The association was duly registered with the Labor Department in September 2010.
HHICPIWU and SAMAHAN is an affiliate organization of MAKABAYAN (Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan-Workers for People’s Liberation) and NUBCW-BWI (National Union of Building and Construction Workers-Building Woodworkers International).
The struggle is strong and ongoing, help us spread the word and put pressure on the government agencies and the management to implement internationally recognized labor rights.
THE HANJIN WORKERS NEED YOU AND YOUR HELP!
Contact: Alfie Alipio, SAMAHAN President- 09301870800
Joey Gonzales, SAMAHAN Secretary-0907 8320 094
Precy Dagooc, MAKABAYAN Secretary General and Advocacy Officer- 0905 3652 391
Atty. Ernesto Arellano, NUBCW President – 0922 8355 685 and Tes Borgonios, BWI – 0917 8256 954