i seriously doubt these claims. our family own a manufacturing concern here, and believe me, you never mess with organized labour here. besides that, the government is actually very very pro-labour specially when it comes to these allegations. AND certain labour groups here are closely affiliated with leftist organizations and, allegedly, the communist party which was declared a terrorist organization by the american government because of incidences of murder and shakedowns. and i do know for a fact that some labour groups bring these allegations out in the open because of shakedowns. i have met lawyers whose jobs are to pay off labour group heads who threaten mass action or picket lines if they don't get their tithes. also you are probably talking about the cavite export processing zone, where a lot of plants are located- like intel, motorola, sanyo, nissan, sony and honda. that area is a mandated incentive location, where they get tax breaks and such, just as long as the products they produce their are exported out of the country. it is quite a good tool to bring in investments in the country. believe me, the wages companies hand out in the epz are much higher than what they'll get as contracted labour outside the zone. and another thing, i am not familiar of m&s operating a factory here. i do know they have a buying office that sources some of the furnitures and home accessories m&s gets and rebrand for their stores in the uk. believe me hossoso, these allegations can't hold water here. do you know that the philippines has been experiencing capital flight because of the very active and very influential labour organizations here? a lot of companies that used to do a lot of manufacturing here like toyota, nestle and colgate-palmolive have packed their factories off to thailand because of higher labour cost and more stringent labour laws compared to the other countries in asia.