Electronics workers take on company for the right to organize

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Entrance to Cavite Export Processing Zone - Phillipines

Export processing zones are used by countries around the world as areas of extremely cheap labour for companies to use as union organizing is severely repressed.

Hundreds of mainly women workers in the Cavite Export Processing Zone just north of Manila, The Philippines, have gone out on strike in protest at the dismissal of union organizer at their factory.

APC talks to Arnel, spokesperson of the Labour Party of the Philippines, on the dispute at the Lakepower Converter electronics factory and the determination of the workers to stay on the picket line even in the face of repeated attacks by thugs.

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LISTENERS: This is the last program podcast for Asia Pacific Currents for 2017 so the producers can take a summer break. Their first program of the new year will be posted on Wednesday February 7, 2018. The APC team wishes a safe and relaxing break to all their listerners.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image: Entrance to the Cavite Export Processing Zone - Philippines

 

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