Provincial government prepares for possible Ceres strike
Vallacar president: A strike would be ‘illegal’
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Negros Occidental provincial government revealed they are currently preparing for the possiblity of a Ceres bus liner strike and called on local government units to assist in the matter should employees demonstrate.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he hopes the strike does not materialize, noting, “Negrenses [have a] great dependence on Ceres buses.”
Earlier, Philippine Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines National President Hernane Braza earlier revealed they were planning to file a strike notice yesterday before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and Department of Labor and Employment in Bacolod City.
Despite the union recognizing ousted company president Leo Rey Yanson as the head of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), Ceres bus liner’s parent company, the union official affirmed they would have demonstrated regardless of who sat as company president, citing cases of union official harassment and violations to “economic provisions.”
Lacson affirmed Ceres bus operations are “still normal” and called on union officials to “study” their plans.
Meanwhile, VTI President Roy Yanson called plans to strike “illegal.”
In response to Braza’s harassment claims, the company president denied the allegations and said the union is intending to “destabilize the company.”/DGB, WDJ