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WORKERS ASSISTANCE CENTER (WAC)

SOLIDARITY OF CAVITE WORKERS (SCW)

A Random Survey of Manufacturing Companies in Cavite


Done from January 29 – 8 February 2009

Data are for period September 2008 to January 2009

Total Number of Factories Covered = 108


(85 factories are from CEZ, Rosario)
electronics & semiconductors = 48 (41 from CEZ)
garments & apparel = 22 (19 from CEZ)
car & automotive = 7 (2 from CEZ)
others = 31 (23 from CEZ)

Total Workforce Affected = 85467 to 89167


electronics & semiconductors = 43,394 - 45,894
garments & apparel = 15,980 to 16380
car and automotive = 8,223 to 8723
others = 17870 to 18,170

Total Affected By Forced Vacation/Leaves = 25,946


(forced to take a leave or vacation at different times from september 2008 to january 2009)
electronics & semiconductoris = 13,885
garments & apparel = 7170
car and automotive = 3400
others = 1490

Total Dismissed/Laid-Off = 18,344


electronics & semiconductoris = 11430
garments & apparel = 610
car and automotive = 2150
others = 4154

Days Of Work
electronics & semiconductoris = mostly 2-5 days without OT
garments & apparel = mostly 5-6 days without OT
car and automotive = mostly 3-5 days without OT
others = mostly 3-5 days

► the reasons given by the management to the workers are (1) lack of order (2) global crisis (3) no
raw materials
► the 108 companies came from the Cavite Economic Zone (CEZ), First Cavite Industrial Estate
(FCIE), Gateway Business Park (GBP), People’s Technology Complex (PTC), EDS Mfg Inc., and
companies in Rosario, Noveleta, Dasmariñas, and Gen. Trias outside the economic zones and
industrial estates
► the data do not include information from Intel Philippines where workers were said to have been
laid off in 2008 prior to the public announcement of closure because the interviewees cannot give an
exact number of workers laid-off
► among the data gathered after Feb 8, 2009:
▪ 100 workers from Deco Candles were forced to take an indefinite vacation leave (without
pay) since January 2009 (total workforce = 144)
▪ the workers from American Power Conversion (APC) were put on vacation leave from
March 9-14 without pay (estimated total workforce of APC is 1,800++)
▪ from a 3-day workweek since October 2008, the management announced a 5-month
vacation or temporary closure in Feb 3, 2009. In the face of uncertainty, the workers have chosen to
take the offer of a voluntary resignation package. The total number of workers affected totaled 86.

Updates/summary of data gathered after feb 8 will be issued later…