Saturday, February 15, 2014

CPP/Ang Bayan: NPA attacks Sumifru

From the latest English edition of Ang Bayan posted to the CPP Website (Feb 7): NPA attacks Sumifru

Red fighters under the Mt. Kitanglad Subregional Command attacked the Sumitomo Fruits (Sumifru) plant in Barangay Barobo, Valencia City, Bukidnon on the night of January 18, seizing two firearms.

Sumifru is estimated to have sustained P11 million in damage due to the attack. The NPA targeted the company due to its anti-worker and environmentally destructive operations. Its 5,000-hectare banana plantation was seized from peasants and Lumad in two municipalities of Bukidnon.

Many of those who lost their land were hired as workers by the company.

In 2010, the packing plant workers struck due to low wages and unjust working conditions. They were all contractuals and deprived of their right to unionize, receive benefits and enjoy security of tenure.

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