An echo of events in Spain and Greece

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Hanjin in the Philippines

There is also the same movement here in the Philippines against Hanjin. If the Korean comrades call the latest movement there "bus hope", the leftists here have "caravan", which means they will hire transport buses/jeeps with their organized forces inside, with placards and streamers and they will travel around the cities. The number of buses depends on the funds they get from politicians, middle forces and "allied" businessman, but mostly from politicians and businessman.

Lately the leftist Partido ng Manggagawa in alliance with the Catholic Church launched a bus caravan from Manila to Olongapo City where Hanjin company is basing to urge the Philippine capitalist government that Hanjin "strictly enforce all safety standards" and compel the company to "observe Philippine and international standards on decent work, including the workers' right to organize".

The movement against Hanjin in the Philippines is very reformist and strongly controlled by unions and leftist organizations. 

There is no significant workers struggle inside Hanjin here other than organizing the workers initiated by leftist organizations to form union and "struggling" that the state and Hanjin management recognize the union for a collective bargaining.

What is glaring is the workers in Hanjin in the Philippines are not only have low wages but suffered extreme exploitation and deaths.

Below is the full text of the Press Release of Partido ng Mangggawa. The facts/data are more important here for us communists than the reformist leftist demands:

"Press Release
July 3, 2011

Protest caravan presses Hanjin to comply with safety standards

Disgusted with 5,000 accidents resulting to at least 31 deaths since it operated in the country, the labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) today took part in the labor and church led “Caravan for Decent Work and Humane Working Conditions” from Manila to the Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City where the sprawling complex of Hanjin shipyard is located. The caravan, co-organized by the Church-Labor Conference (CLC), is met along the way by workers from Pampanga and Bataan under the Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (Makabayan) and Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD).

A group of cyclists and motorcyclists are to meet them at Olongapo City for a short program at Hanjin shipyard. After the program, CLC co-chair and CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action Bishop Broderick Pabillo leads the mass at Brgy. Wawandue in Subic. A torch parade around the city follows by nightfall. The Partido ng Manggagawa has been labelling the Korean-owned shipyard as the “graveyard of workers’ rights” for the appalling number of work-related deaths and accidents lying above many other labor rights violations in the company.

“Deaths, accidents, massive contractualization, cruelty against workers, poor working conditions and the denial of workers’ right to self organization, are things that cannot just be put under the rugs by the labor movement, the Church, the government, and the international community,” declared PM Chair Renato Magtubo. A labor department’s Occupational Safety and Health Standard (OSHS) director disclosed that based on its own investigation there were already some 5,000 reported accidents in Hanjin in the first two years of its operation.

Hanjin began its Philippine operations in 2006. The labor group Makabayan has put the number of work related deaths at Hanjin to 31; 11 cases of maltreatment by Korean superiors; 63 illegal termination; and 20 illegal suspension.

Workers also complain of spoiled foods being served to them, the rude physical treatment they are getting from their Korean superiors, and the low wages they receive since they are all employed through subcontractors. “Subjecting Hanjin’s 21,000 workforce into this cruel world of industrial relations is a national policy question that has to be addressed by Pnoy regardless of Koreans bringing in billions of pesos of investment in the country,” argued Magtubo. On 2009, the Senate Labor Committee conducted an inquiry on Hanjin and found many lapses in safety standards and other labor law violations. The Department of Labor and Employment on the other hand came out with a circular for safety compliance yet deaths and accidents still hound the shipyard."