Days away from one the largest Filipino gatherings of the year for San Francisco, Pistahan, one of its sponsors — Philippine condiment company NutriAsia — has decided to bow out from the event.
These activists are calling it a victory as they continue to boycott NutriAsia products because of the treatment of its workers and the recent violent dispersal of protesters in the Philippines.
The San Francisco chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander labor alliance took the lead, by contacting the organizers of Pistahan to voice their concerns of havingNutriAsia as one of the sponsors.
According to APALA — the conversation began last Friday and the announcement of NutriAsia stepping down as a sponsor came on Monday.
APALA says that they will not stop at Pistahan — and plans to bring more awareness of the labor practices to different unions and organizations across the city.
Meanwhile, Fil-Am activists say they echo the concerns of NutriAsia workers in the Philippines — that this is a systematic problem of contractualization that is colluded by different stakeholders.
Activists say they will continue to boycott NutriAsia products until the workers are reinstated, their wages increase, and provided job security and health benefits.
BA reached out to the organizers of Pistahan and NutriAsia for a comment.
Neither have replied at this time.