Philippines all women union signs 5-year agreement with Korean employer

A Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed between the all women Hye Sung Workers Union (HSWU) – Independent and the management of Hye Sung Industries (Phils.) Inc. (HSIPI) management, on 4 December 2015. The CBA was signed a few months after the union voted unanimously for a strike to protest HSIPI’s surface bargaining.

Philippines all women union signs 5-year agreement with Korean employer

A Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed between the all women Hye Sung Workers Union (HSWU) – Independent and the management of Hye Sung Industries (Phils.) Inc. (HSIPI) management, on 4 December 2015.

The CBA signing was done a few months after the union voted unanimously for a strike because of deadlock and HSIPI’s surface bargaining, which according to the union is tantamount to refusal to bargain.

The women workers’ determination and perseverance were enough to tip the balance in their favor and come out victorious against HSIPI’s machinations to thwart their right to collectively bargain since winning the Certification Election (CE) in May 2013.

Korean NGOs, the local government of Rosario, Labor and Economic Zone officials also contributed efforts so that the end result would benefit both parties.

Persevere and Struggle

It had been a struggle since the start for HSWU; an all women duly registered independent union. But for them, persevering and taking a step forward in the face of adversities had been the story of their struggle.

Read the full article on the WAC website.