Employees Union to select new officers
Benguet — Following the lifting of the 101-day labor strike
at the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo) here, the mineworkers
are preparing to elect their new set of union officers to replace
the19 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice of accepting their
severance from work to preserve the union.
At least two groups of
candidates will run for election for the executive committee and
board of directors of the Lepanto Employees Union-National Federation
of Labor Union-Kilusang Mayo Uno (LEU-NAFLU-KMU).
According to Ninian Lang-agan,
the outgoing president of the LEU-NAFLU-KMU, the union has chosen
its line up to fill up the positions the dismissed officers vacated.
The management is expected to field its candidates but LEU is equally
determined to maintain its leadership.
Lang-agan said that the
people they are choosing to lead the union in the next three years
have passed the union’s criteria of a “good leader”.
He added that these leaders have showed commitment and leadership
for the union, especially during the strike.
The union submitted a
Notice of Election to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
on October 1, 2005. Applicants filed their candidacy on October
3 from 4. Campaign period will be from The contenders will be allowed
to campaign from October 5 to 7. The election proper is scheduled
on October 8.
The local election serves
as consolidating activity for workers to display and strengthen
their unity on worker’s rights. Along with the Collective
Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Certification Election, the local
election is one of the union tools to assert their collective rights
and an exercise of union democracy.#