Herrera rebuked for harassing labor department
June 14, 2012
QUEZON CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment recently
rebuked ex-Senator Ernesto Herrera for his rude objection on the
representation of former SSS Commissioner and Trade Union Congress of
the Philippines (TUCP) General Secretary, Victorino F. Balais, as
adviser and delegate to the 101st Session of the International Labour
Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Mr. Herrera disputes the right of TUCP GenSec Balais to represent the
Filipino workers in the ILC in Geneva. He forgets that Balais
represents not just TUCP, but the two biggest labor federations in the
country. His own PTGWO and, being its nominee, TUCP President
Mendoza’s Associated Labor Unions (ALU),” stated Atty. Hernan Nicdao,
TUCP Assistant General Secretary.
The ALU counts among its members the unions in Metrobank, Mitsumi and
Philex Mining. More than half of unionized workers in Cebu are card
bearing ALU members. On the other hand, the members of PTGWO of Balais
are the unions in San Miguel Corp., Coca Cola, Security Bank, Maynilad,
Manila Water, MIESCOR, Philippine Racing and Manila Jockey Clubs.
In a statement issued by DOLE Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz, the Labor
department said that in the designation of the Worker’s Delegates to
the convention, the DOLE used the criteria of being the “most
representative status” under Convention 144 is being used who may
represent. The statement conceded that “the first and second largest
federations [in the country are] Mr. Democrito Mendoza’s Associated
Labor Unions (ALU) and Mr. Victorino Balais’ Philippine Trade and
General Workers Organization (PTGWO)”.
“On the other hand, what labor group is Herrera representing? He is
president of a very small labor federation which may not even qualify
by DOLE standards for lack of the requisite 10 company union members
with valid collective bargaining agreements,” continued Nicdao.
“Herrera should stop his illusions of being a labor leader. He is not
a labor leader as he leads no groups of workers. His band of TUCP
renegades is not just a pocket minority, it is a group of paper labor
federations without affiliates or union members. The only ones with
actual members are not even legitimate TUCP affiliates,” emphasized
General Council, the highest governing body of TUCP has expelled
Herrera on March this year for alleged financial mismanagement. He was
also fired the same month by his former mother union of the ALU for 43
years for being a discreet president of another labor federation.