Teachers’ solon condemns illegal dismissal of PMI Bohol faculty


1 March 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Representative Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio slammed the Philippine Maritime Colleges-Bohol management’s summary dismissal of six of the 11 officials of its faculty union. The union busting was motivated by militant actions of the faculty against management’s gross violations of its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the PMI Faculty and Employees Union (PMIFEU).

On January 16, PMI overall manager Rizabel Cloma Santos called the six officers including its President, Second Mate Alberto M. Porlacin, for a meeting. At her office, they were given notices of dismissal, citing the alleged finality of the Court of Appeals ruling declaring the union’s 2010 strike illegal on bare technicalities.

The strike was to protest gross violations of the CBA—implementation of the Ranking Committee, the distribution of workload among the teaching employees, and management’s refusal to implement the grievance procedure. The strike was cut short after just one day because of an assumption order, the third issued by the Labor Secretary against the union’s legitimate struggles for just salary and benefits.

The management even gave a similar notice of dismissal to Dr. Violeta Dano, who had just undergone hip surgery, on her sickbed, and without humane consideration to her status and long years of service to PMI.

The union leaders are also being “treated like criminals”—a tarpaulin posted at the school entrance since January 16 display their faces. The tarp is still posted until now.

“The six were dismissed without just cause and without the required show-cause notice and notice of dismissal,” said Tinio. “The ‘PMI-6’ are also active officials of a militant faculty union caught in the middle of a labor dispute. Clearly, this is illegal dismissal and union busting.”

“These are scandalous acts because they are committed against educators, and because they are intended to demolish the union and reverse the gains it secured through unified struggle.”

Tinio called on the PMIFEU to carry on with their just struggle. PMIFEU, an affiliate of the National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno, has been fighting for the rights of teaching and non-teaching personnel of PMI since the 1980s. ###