On Monday, July 30, NutriAsia, the country’s biggest condiments manufacturer, blamed the striking workers for inducing the violence that had erupted in front of their Bulacan site.
According to a statement released by NutriAsia, the violence began when one of the workers of its toll packer, B-Mirk Enterprises “fired a shot in the air and started to hurl rocks at police and guards tasked to maintain peace and order in the area.”
NAI added that the strikers’ aggressiveness was a violation to the writ of preliminary injunction by Malolos City’s Regional Trial Court. They also stated that the strikers used children and senior citizens as human shields during the strike.
Strikers began their motion last month when they demanded the company to regularize their employees and increase the quality of their working conditions.
On Monday, the workers of NutriAsia held a protest outside their Marilao plant, where 19 people were picked up by the police.