EMPLOYEES of Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc. (CPCMHI) started a hunger strike yesterday to protest the establishment’s failure to grant them their demands.
Fundador Alforque, acting president of the Cebu Maternity Hospital Employees Independent Union-ADLO-Kilusang Mayo Uno, told Sun.Star Superbalita that the hunger strike will go on indefinitely.
But only five employees joined the hunger strike.
Alforque said the other employees will join, but they are still preparing their families for what they are about to do.
One reason they held the hunger strike is the facility’s lockout against the workers, he said.
They said the facility gave the security guard a list of whom to allow inside.
The center has not given in to their demands of a P10 to P15 increase in salary for 2015 and 2016.
According to Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Deputy Executive Director Jay Jabinez will now be in charge of the problem because Edmund Mirasol, NCMB 7 director, is in Singapore.
Alforque said the hunger strike will continue until their demand is met.
The management has given the workers a P4 increase, which they said is not enough.
They also accused NCMB of not doing anything about the problem.
They said they have sacrificed a lot for their demand, and it’s about time it was met.
The workers’ union has 111 members.