Engineer, Texas Instruments court battle deferred

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Friday, March 15, 2013


THE standoff hearing between Engineer Jabeh Areola and Texas Instruments Philippines Inc. (Tipi) at the Labor Relations Commission is postponed.

Counsel for Tipi under the Fariñas law office said the supposed Thursday (March 14) afternoon hearing was postponed to March 19, stretching the case further.

Areola, who filed a case against the multinational company alleging constructive dismissal and a violation of due process, is hoping for a fair trial.

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Areola, who worked for the semi conductor firm for 12 years, was asked to return to the company last year as process engineer leaving his job in Malaysia. But changes in work assignments as well as internal differences and a supposed breach in contract brought him to courts.

Areola believes changes in his work assignment were done to make him eventually file a resignation but was prompted to seek legal action instead.

Areola said he is doing this to protect other employees in the future and those who are still under employment in the company.

Tipi, a subsidiary of Texas Instruments, is the leading producer of semiconductors and the biggest maker of chips for consumer electronics in the world. Tipi’s assembly and test site in Baguio is one of the company’s most sophisticated assembly facilities to date.

The Tipi Baguio site conducts final assembly and testing of consumer electronics bound to the United States, Europe, and other parts of Asia.

In May of 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced one of the biggest single investments in the Philippines’ economic history – the expansion of Tipi in the Clark Freeport Zone in the amount of US$1 billion.

The Clark assembly will cover eight hectares and will employ more than 3,000 workers, doubling the capacity of Tipi in the Philippines.

Tipi faced a barrage of cases in the past with female employees alleging work related illnesses due to their stay in the company.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 15, 2013.

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