Remembering Ka Fort - Solidarity with Nestle Workers in the Philippines

"Continue our struggle until we acheive the elusive justice that rightfully belongs to the workers.
The blood shed by our departed comrades will never be wasted, not one drop."


Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna 1954-2005


On 22 September 2005, the president of the Union of Filipro Employees Drug, Food & Allied Industries (UFE-DFA-KMU) in Cabuyao, Laguna, Diosdado "Ka Fort" Fortuna, was shot dead in Southern Tagalog. He was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen on his way home.  Nestle workers had been on strike since 14 January 2002, over a deadlock in the collective bargaining agreement. The Nestle management was and continues to refuse to include the retirement benefits of the workers in the Agreement, despite rulings of the Supreme Court in favour of the workers.

Ka Fort manned the Nestle picketlines since their strike started in January 2002. He consistently advocated workers' rights and welfare by actively serving the union and progressive people's movement in Southern Tagalog, despite dangerous conditions and threats on his life.

In the Philippines, workers are commemorating the 4th anniversary of the death of Ka Fort, and continuing the struggle of Philippines Nestle Workers.

Tuesday 22 September at 7pm
Nestle Philippines Cabuyao Factory
Cabuyao, Philippines