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TV5 labor union threatens protest

Media company TV5 could be facing protests as talks between the company’s labor union about job security came to a standstill last month.

The Associated Broadcasting Company Employees Union (ABCEU) has filled a strike notice with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) after TV5 refused to negotiate towards creating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) against job contractualization.

The union is opposing a company policy that can declare certain regular positions as redundant, which could lead TV5 to lay-off employees and replaced by lower paid contractual or third-party-hired workers.

In their CBA meeting last November, TV5 insisted that it was not the venue for discussing the issue about the policy.

“What we are asking to be included in the CBA, would be for management to first consult us before changing the name or position. While they were more than willing to talk about wage hike, what good would it be if on the next day you no longer have a job,” ABCEU said in a statement.

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) has expressed its support for TV5 employees, saying that it is ABCEU’s right to assert that workers’ job security be upheld. The union represents 644 employees at the network.

“Capitalists have always tried to exclude job security in negotiations for CBAs so they can continue to contractualize their work forces,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

The ABC Development Corporation, solely owned by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the beneficial trust fund of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

PHOTO: TV5 president Emmanuel Lorenzana

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