Open Letter to our Friends and Supporters
The global campaign against Citra Mina has started. As part of the campaign, we would like to ask all of you to please actively promote and support our FaceBook campaign. Please tell all your FB friends to point their bowsers to http://www.facebook.com/citramina78 and “like” the campaign page and promote the same to their own friends.
Citra Mina is the country’s 2nd largest food exporter. It employs at least 3,200 workers with most of them as precarious workers. In fact, more than 2,000 of their workers are employed through the cabo system which was outlawed by the Labor Code decades ago! When its workers formed their union in July 2013 – Samahang United Workers of Citra Mina Group of Companies – the company reacted by issuing termination letters to many of the union activists, forcing the union to take strike action starting in September 2013.
For the past 3 weeks, we have been trying to reach out to the company to avoid a global campaign, which could affect not just Citra Mina but the entire fishing industry of General Santos. The IUF and ITF even sent a representative from London to General Santos to negotiate with the company. But Citra Mina remains indifferent.
It is time to teach the company a valuable lesson – that they cannot get away violating workers’ and human rights!
The global action aims to expose Citra Mina’s anti-union practices among its buyers in the EU and USA. It is supported by two global union federations – the IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) and the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation). At the local level, the campaign is led by the Passionist Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Social Action Center of Metro Dadiangas and NAGKAISA General Santos.
We are counting on your support.