On July 8th, Region 1 & Local 359 members attended a solidarity action for 78 Citra Mina Workers who are seeking justice.
These seafood workers were fired from the General Santos plant in the Philippines, where the company is based, after they attempted to organize and form a union to demand better pay and working conditions.
They have now been fighting for over six months to be reinstated and get the respect they deserve from their employer. They are staying strong for their families who so desperately need the income from these jobs.
Citra Mina is one of the world’s leading sellers of fresh, frozen, and value added tuna and other seafood products. The United States is one of the company’s largest customers, with much of its product coming into the country via Fulton’s Fish Market in New York, which is staffed by UFCW Local 359 members. Outraged when they heard the story of the Citra Mina workers, the workers at Fulton’s Fish market acted to show their support. Demanding the Citra Mina workers be allowed back to work and that their union be recognized, the union members signed and displayed a poster inside their market and pledged to undertake every possible solidarity action to press Citra Mina to respect their workers rights.
With the support of UFCW locals, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF), and other labor groups, these workers have a chance at standing up to Citra Mina and showing them that together, they cannot be silenced.