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Sotto mediates Pasig labor dispute

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What would have been a violent dispersal of striking workers of a pearl shake manufacturing company in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City, became a peaceful and orderly mediation, thanks to the timely intervention of Mayor Vico Sotto.

Upon arriving at the office of Zagu Foods Corp., Sotto asked about the condition of the workers, who have been on strike since June 6.

The workers complained that they were being forced to leave their picket line, causing tension between them and pro-management employees.

“The workers have been on strike for more than a month now. I received a report that the situation at the picket line had become violent. So I decided to check on the situation,” Sotto said in a post on social networking site Facebook.

Sotto said he talked to the administration officer-in-charge, giving them the opportunity to explain why they were forcing the picketing workers to leave.

The unidentified administration officer-in-charge told Sotto that they were just trying to enforce a temporary restraining order.

Sotto told him and other pro-management employees that the TRO allowed the workers to continue their picket as long as they did not impede operations of or block the entrance to Zagu Foods Corp.

The mayor also reminded the striking workers that they should also follow the conditions set by the TRO for them to continue their protest.

“This wouldn’t have happened if you had regularized your employees. They have served you for more than 10 years now and yet they are still contractual employees. There would be no strike if you had just negotiated properly. The case has been with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board for five months and yet you still do not have an appropriate offer or counter-offer. Why does it have to become violent?” Sotto said in the same Facebook post addressing the management of Zagu.

He appealed to the management of Zagu to follow the rule of law and to respect the rights of their employees.

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