Solidarity of Cavite Workers (SCW) led a picket in front of the office of Provincial Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco in Imus, Cavite on April 28, at 9:00 in the morning and submitted a letter of appeal to resolve pending cases of workers for the fifth time. 

Dismissed workers from Mitsuwa Philippines Inc. (MPI) and SP Ventures Corporation, and union members from Kaisahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Phils Jeon Garments Inc.-Independent (KMPJI-Ind), Nagkakaisang Manggagagawa ng Chong Won Fashions Inc.-Independent (NMCWI-Ind) staged the protest action.

The workers, union members from KMPJI, went to appeal for the fifth time urging the Cavite Prosecutors Office to resolve the complaints they filed against individuals Mr. Dong Gon Kim, Allan Dela Cruz, Cecille Esperado, Leomar Aratan, Noel Buenaflor, Emil Servo, Salvador Bonita, Iniego Servo, Rizalino Fuentes while Mr. Yong Ryul Kim, Antonio Felismino, P/Col. Jose Joel Sarasua, P/Maj. Jose Redada, P/Sgt. Jessie Santos and Atty. Lilia De Lima who were responsible for the violent dispersal of their strikes almost five years ago. Likewise, unionists from NMCWI appealed before the Cavite prosecutors to act upon their complaint against the violent dispersal of their picket line and grave threats to seven (7) striking workers on the night between June 10 and 11, 2007. 

Picketing workers also urged Cavite Prosecutor Velasco to dismiss the qualified theft charges filed by MPI management to its workers to sever from paying benefits. Terminated workers served more than five years already and some had worked for 15 years in the company.

The workers left the prosecutor’s office after they submitted their appeal but assured themselves to monitor the action of the said office and will not stop coming back until their cases are resolved.

On the other hand, SCW Chair Merly Grafe with unionist from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS) also held a picket in front of the KB building, Mother Company of Phils-Jeon Garments Inc. (PJGI), in Seoul, South Korea on the same day.

The picket was held from 8:00-9:00 in the morning (Seoul time) during the stockholders meeting of KB. SCW, KCTU, and KHIS demand the PJGI management to immediately reinstate the 120 illegally dismissed workers who went on strike in 2006 and start the negotiation for a collective bargaining agreement with the KMPJI-Ind.

Before the picket ended, one of the KB stockholders went down and said ‘Sorry’ to what PJGI had done to its workers.