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Nov 20, 2019 @ 9:12

Snacks manufacturer threatens to pull out Pasig operation after Vico Sotto sides with workers

Regent Foods Corporation (RFC), the snacks manufacturer behind Snacku and Cheese Ring, has threatened to pull out its Pasig operations after the city’s mayor, Vico Sotto, sided with protesters over issues of unjust labor practices.

“RFC may simply accept its fate that the Pasig City administration will unjustly make life hard for it and its 400-strong workforce, and contemplate simply bringing its business elsewhere,” RFC said in a statement.

The company issued the statement after Sotto sided with 23 striking RFC workers over some labor issues. They were particularly demanding for regularization and higher pay, among others.

The rally they staged ended up being too physical, leading to the arrest of the workers. Sotto, for his part, posted bail so that some of the workers will be released out of jail.

“Before any of this had happened, RFC actually wrote his [Sotto] office to ask his assistance in amicably pacifying the situation. This request merely fell on deaf ears, which is precisely what constrained RFC to resort to private security assistance for the sole purpose of reopening the gates of the company and resuming its usual business operations,” said RFC.

For his part, Sotto told RFC earlier that the workers “are not criminals”.

“They do not have the goal of hurting you. They are fighting for what they believe to be just. You can continue with the labor dispute without sending the poor and powerless to jail,” said Sotto in a social media post cited in a CNN Philippines report.


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