KMU slams NLRC for denying justice to bus employees

Workers led by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno picketed the National Labor Relations Commission main office in Quezon City today, condemning the agency for refusing to implement a Supreme Court ruling favoring employees of a defunct bus corporation.

KMU took up the cudgels for the workers of the defunct Times Transportation Company, Inc. (TTCI) who marched from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur to the NLRC main office to demand the release of the writ of execution ordered by the SC last Dec. 16, 2009 for the P97-million claim for back wages and other matters related to the case.

The workers also pressed the agency to deny the petition filed by Mencorp Transport System Company, Inc., operator of Dominion Bus, against the Labor Arbiter handling the TTCI employees’ case.

The Labor Arbiter, Patricio Libo-on, junked the third-party claim filed by one Melissa Lim who claims to have bought Mencorp from Virginia Mendoza, the former owner and majority shareholder of the TTCI.

“The Times employees have been struggling for justice for 15 years. The NLRC’s refusal to implement the Supreme Court decision almost three years after the latter’s release further aggravates the injustice committed against the workers,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“The Times employees’ struggle is a clear illustration of how the wheels of justice in the country grind exceedingly slow for workers. Their case shows just shows the contemptuous indifference this government accords to issues of unfair labor practices and union-busting in the country,” he added.

The SC ruled with finality that the TTCI management “effected, participated in… prohibited act of unfair labor practice” and that the company’s sale to Mencorp “was simulated and/or effected in bad faith.”

TTCI workers belong to the Times Employees Union, an affiliate of the National Federation of Labor Unions, a KMU federation.

“Many Times employees have died without seeing justice over their case served, while workers who are still alive are already in advance age, suffering from ailments. The NLRC should act swiftly on this case in favor of the employees of Times,” Labog said.

“We vow to continue fighting for justice for the Times employees. Their victory is a victory, however partial and symbolic, of workers who suffered and are suffering from union-busting and unfair labor practices,” he added.

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