THE management of Regent Foods Corp., (RFC) one of the country’s leading manufacturer of snack foods based in Pasig city cried foul over the allegations of around 20 of their hundreds of employees who went on strike over alleged salaries.
Employees who refused to work allegedly barred some 300 employees from entering the premises of the company located in Barangay Kalawaan, Pasig City since Wednesday forcing the management to seek police assistance.
“Bakit pati kami hinaharass? Gusto lang naman naming magtrabaho,” one of the employees who refused to join the strike told responding police officers.
RFC management claimed that striking employees also barred since Wednesday the delivery van and those assigned at the cashier department from leaving and entering the company premises that resulted in the delay of the salaries of working employees.
In an interview, Reynaldo Piano, the company machine operator for 23 years and Janet Vargas, 16 years working as supervisor, said the management of RFC failed to give them the benefits which they deserved under labor laws including the required minimum wage.
The management denied the accusation and said employees will not last longer in their service if they have grievances against their employer.
Yesterday afternoon, elements of Pasig city police led by P/Col. Moises Villaceran responded to the complaint of motorists and pedestrians the inconvenience and annoyance created by striking employees and asked them to clear the road.
It was learned that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) denied the noticed to strike filed by some employees against RFC but despite the denial, some of them still continued to go on strike forcing the management to file necessary case against them.