Groups condemn NutriAsia for violent dispersal of workers
Rights group Karapatan and labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno, among other groups and individuals, have condemned NutriAsia for the violent dispersal of as much as 300 workers and their supporters who recently went on strike to demand for regularization.
A report in Philippine Star showed that these workers were violently dispersed by the company’s security personnel and police forces after an ecumenical mass was held outside NutriAsia’s factory in Marilao, Bulacan.
“Scores were injured, while many others remain missing,” the groups said in a statement.
According to the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, at least 19 NutriAsia workers and supporters were arrested during the demonstration.
For its part, NutriAsia said one of the protesters “fired a shot” and “started to hurl rocks”.
The company added that protesters violated a Malolos court injunction issued last Thursday, July 26, ordering the independent workers’ union not to obstruct entry and exit ways of the company’s plant in Marilao, Bulacan.
Despite this, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said that NutriAsia management and the police personnel who participated in the violent dispersal should be held accountable.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also denounced the attack as two of journalists were assaulted and threatened by NutriAsia security guards and Bulacan police, the report further said.