10 nabbed in Coca-Cola strike

TEN UNION members, including the chairman, were arrested yesterday morning as police dispersed the strike at Coca-Cola in Barangay Bago Aplaya, Talomo District.

Talomo police officers collared Sustenes Bantayan, chair of Kilusang Manggagawa ng Coca-Cola (Kimaco), and nine other members for allegedly blocking the entrance of the Coca-Cola FEMSA Plant in Barangay Bago Aplaya.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said coercion charges will be filed against Bantayan, 45, and his members for preventing the trucks of the company from going out the compound.

Other arrested members were identified as Renaldo Amani, Michael Papalit Ulan-Ulan, Bryan Baysa Palera, Ricardo Sales, Romel Calacat, Antony Bayawan, Jessie Montencillo, Alvin Buccat, and Ian Debalde.

Coca-Cola workers staged a strike yesterday morning, demanding the reinstatement of 70 workers who were laid off by their agency last month.

According to the police report, around 5:50 am yesterday, security personnel of Coca-Cola FEMSA, asked help after terminated workers blocked the gate.

Based on the initial report, the workers were supported by Kilusang Mayor Uno (KMU).

The church alliance Promotion of Church People’s Response visited the detained workers and demanded their immediate release.

“We enjoin the company to listen to the bereaved workers who seek what is just to them — regular work and compensation. We demand the release of the 10 striking workers and the reinstatement of all laid off workers of Coca-Cola Davao,” said PCPR spokesperson Bro. Ronald Balase of the Redemptorist Brothers.

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