* Workers slam illegal closure of Laguna garments factory:

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned the illegal closure of Carina Apparel Inc., a garments factory in Biñan, Laguna, last Feb. 21 that has left 3,600 workers out of jobs without pay, calling the closure a desperate move to deny workers’ rights to form unions and collectively bargain.

The labor group said company’s excuse for ceasing operation – that the Carina Apparel Inc. Labor Union–Independent (CAILU) has refused to cooperate with the company and has caused serious business losses – is thoroughly anti-worker and anti-union and must not be allowed to set a bad precedent for workers.

It also said that illegal closure has been a standard practice for capitalists inside the country’s industrial parks and Special Economic Zones who want to bust unions.

“We condemn the illegal closure of Carina Apparel Inc. which has resulted in the sudden loss of 3,600 jobs. This is a gross violation of workers’ rights and a desperate attempt to avoid scheduled negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the workers’ union,” KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog said.
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* KMU raises alarm over closure of Laguna garments factory as 3,600 workers left jobless:

Leftist group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Wednesday expressed alarm over the alleged illegal closure of a garments factory in Biñan, Laguna, on February 21.

The closure of Carina Apparel Inc., according to the KMU, has left 3,600 workers jobless. Worse, the workers were not paid wages due them, according to KMU Chairman Elmer Labog.
Labog said the Carina Apparel Inc. Labor Union–Independent were told that the company’s closure was triggered by their refusal to cooperate with the management, leading to serious business losses.

Carina Apparel is at the Laguna International Industrial Park and manufactures high-end lingerie for brands like Marks & Spencer, Calvin Klein, Gap, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Uniqlo and Toray.
Labog said the firm’s closure was “illegal” and “set[s] a bad precedent for workers.”

According to him, illegal closure has been a standard practice for businesses inside the country’s industrial parks and special economic zones (SEZs) to avoid workers from organizing into unions.
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