Stand With Sumifru Workers
Defend Job Philippines
November 27, 2018
A CALL FOR SUPPORT! Hundreds of workers of the Japanese-owned Sumifru banana plantation from Compostella Valley in the Southern Mindanao Region now holding a protest campout at the Don Chino Roces Bridge in Mendiola, Manila to amplify their campaign against contractualization, union busting, violent dispersal of their strike and the killings of two of their labor leaders and trade unionists recently.
Aside from their local struggles, protesting workers call on the lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao and its looming extension and expansion as the military rule is said to intensify the attacks and violations of their rights as workers and as Filipino people.
Sumifru workers will be holding their camp in Mendiola until December 10, in time for the observance of International Human Rights Day.
As we, from the Defend Job Philippines and the Workers Advocates For Rights Network express our support and solidarity to such actions of the Sumifru workers, we encourage our fellow labor rights advocates to join our struggling workers in their camp by immersing with them, releasing solidarity statements, bringing logistical and/or financial support and the like.
Photos by Katrina Yamzon