CLARK FREEPORT --- Officers and members of Alliance of Yokohama Employees (AYE) and Alliance of Yokohama Supervisors (AYS) are now worried of the threats and intimidation they are receiving from the Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) management.

According to the two labor unions, the company is selectively issuing memorandums and transfers to employees identified as members either of the two unions which, they claimed, raised anxiety and tension.

Despite the aggressive action by the management, the AYE and AYS stated that they always sought legal remedies to resolve the conflict.

One of which is setting a dialogue between management and union officers, and filing cases in the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

Union officers and members said they feel the tense and pressure by the management as shakedown of security policies were intensified and additional CCTV cameras were installed.

"'Yung isa sa aming ikinakatakot at ipinangangamba ay hindi na kami makahinga dahil sa lahat ng galaw namin ay minamatyagan. Nahihirapan din kami magtrabaho at hindi kami nagiging kampante." AYE President Roel Padilla said.

On the other hand, officials of YTPI belied the unions leaders claim that there are intimidation and threats from the management.

Juanito Arona, Vice President and concurrent assistant plant division manager,alleged that the union leaders never brought up any issue to the YTPI management during their dialogues.

According to Arona, the tire firm's management conducts “regular dialogue” with AYE and AYS officials.

"Wala naman silang sinasabing ganyang issues Sa amin kapag nagmi-meeting kami." (Reynaldo G. Navales)