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Sharp Philippines Workers On Strike

August 26, 1999

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Workers at Sharp Philippines Corp. have gone on strike to protest the termination of 57 employees this week, union leaders said Thursday.

The workers, who walked out Wednesday, also accused management of failing to implement a 10 percent wage increase included in their collective bargaining agreement and a wage increase legislated in 1990.

The dismissed workers, including seven union officers, were among 545 employees who had been picketing in recent weeks to pressure management to discuss their grievances, said union vice president Cristeta Aquino, who was among those dismissed.

The strike at the factory in Muntinglupa City in metropolitan Manila has affected production of television sets, karaoke units, washing machines and other appliances, she said.

The company, a subsidiary of Sharp Corp. of Japan, declined to comment.

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