ATNC campaign statement in support of freedom of association regarding Toyota on the global action day, 12 September 2007.
Mr. Katsuaki Watanabe, President
Toyota Motor Corporation
1 Toyota-Cho, Toyota City
Aichi Prefecture 471-8571
Dear Mr. President
Six years have passed since 233 union members were illegally dismissed by Toyota
Philippines. In these years, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation to collectively negotiate with the legitimate Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association (TMPCWA). There were also several recommendations issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) urging Toyota to reinstate the illegally dismissed workers. Nevertheless, Toyota still refuses reinstate the illegally dismissed workers and recognise the trade union.
[Your organisation name] urges Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation to stop such an anti-labour practice immediately. We are also urging Toyota Motor Corporation, who has been deeply involved in such unfair labour practices committed by Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, to respect workers rights and laws in Philippines. Toyota Motor Corporation can never be exempted from its responsibility for all the anti-labour practices done by Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation. Indeed, we are well aware of same practices in many different countries where subsidies of Toyota Motors Corporation abuse workers rights. [Your organisation name] demands
- Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Philippines must stop union busting against TMPCWA
- Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Philippines must comply with the order of the Supreme Court of the Philippines for collective negotiation with TMPCWA
- Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Philippines must reinstate the 233 illegally dismissed workers immediately
- Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Philippines must abide by the recommendations of ILO
We are also informing this case to international and regional labour campaign groups, in an attempt to gather voices from all labour related organisations and unions. Most importantly, we will be standing together with TMPCWA, whose actions for the dignity of labour has been inspiring many unionists and labour rights activists in Asia and elsewhere in the world.
10 September 2007
[Your organisation name]