LABOR DISPUTE OF A DOOR LOCKSET MANUFACTURING RESOLVES IN ONE SITTING

The union and management of Spectrum (Brand) Tong Lung Metal Industry Company, Inc. agreed to settle harmoniously the Preventive Mediation (PM) case filed by the Spectrum/Tong Lung Metal Industry Company, Inc. Employees Labor Association-AMAPO TUCP, announced today by Director Edgar G. Aquino.

 

The union filed its PM case on May 03, 2018 due to unfair labor practices, specifically, harassment to union officers and members, and illegal suspension of some union members.

 

Director Aquino expressed his appreciation to Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr. for his initiative and persistent effort in providing the parties a feasible solution.

 

The settlement of this case in one sitting proves that there is always an answer to every dispute if we would listen carefully to everyone’s cause.

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CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IN BATAAN SETTLES LABOR DISPUTE

The Preventive Mediation case filed by the Kilusan ng Manggagawang Makabayan Wan Hong Construction Corporation Chapter (KMM-WHCC) against Wan Hong Construction Corporation was finally resolved, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

The union filed a Preventive Mediation on March 19, 2018 on grounds of unfair labor practice (ULP), specifically union busting, underpayment of wages, Service Incentive Leave (SIL), paternity leave benefit, harassment, tax refund, and PPE reimbursement.

 

In the initial conciliation-mediation conference, management representative manifested that the lay-off of some union officers and members is due to near completion of the existing project, and a corresponding notice of termination/lay-off was filed before the Department of Labor and Employment – Bataan Field Office. In contrast, union believed that the project’s completion is expected in year 2020.

 

A series of conciliation-mediation conferences occurred. The exchanges of ideas and positions were tough but this not stop Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr. to pursue amicable settlement for both parties.

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RCMB III SETTLES LABOR DISPUTE AT INDOPHIL GROUP OF COMPANIES

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced the settlement of the Preventive Mediation (PM) cases filed by Indophil Textile Workers Union and Indophil Acrylic Manufacturing Corporation Workers Union against Indophil Textile Mills, Inc. and Indophil Acrylic Manufacturing Corporation, respectively.

 

On April 02, 2018, the two unions raised similar grounds of unfair labor practices, specifically, illegal transfer of maintenance workers, hot temperature in the workplace, forced overtime, violation of agreement and optional/compulsory retirement.

 

“The quick response of Conciliator-Mediators Onofre H. Bautista and Othello B. Tongio, Jr. through an immediate scheduling and holding of simultaneous conciliation-mediation conference led to the parties’ amicable settlement in the initial conference held on April 05, 2018,” Director Aquino stated.

 

Director Aquino further acknowledged the active participation of union officers and management representatives in providing options painstakingly for the speedy resolution of the labor dispute.

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RCMB III SPEARHEADS TRAINING FOR ORGANIZED COMPANIES WITH 2018 EXPIRING CBAs

The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) III spearheaded the Training on Productivity and Approaches in Incentives, Benefits and Wage Determination on March 21, 2018 at OTEL Pampanga, City of San Fernando, Pampanga to enhance the existing mechanism of stakeholders and introduce new framework in CBA negotiated/wage benefits.

 

“This training is solely intended for unions and companies with expired CBAs or about to expire in 2018.  The Branch would like to assist you in enhancing your working relationships, encourage you to be more innovative towards improving productivity and maintaining industrial peace at the workplace.  The learning you get from this activity will be helpful in handling plant-level CBA negotiations,” expressed by Director Edgar G. Aquino as he welcomed participants from various companies in the region.

 

RCMB III Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Rosanna C. Cruz imparted Introduction to Productivity by narrating fables about the Tortoise and Hare, The Fisherman Piping and The Carpenter.  She shared and linked these fables to show the importance in achieving productivity and lessons learned from these stories.

 

Ms. Cruz explained briefly the ways of productivity and its advantages benefitting the company, workers and customers.  She stressed that productivity is always doing the right thing right, the first time, to avoid wastage and ensure more, top quality products, and services at minimal costs.

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A Balanced Work-Life for RCMB III, Social Partners, and CLAMP Officers

“Are we there yet?” My constant question to the driver as we are travelling 4 hours non-stop from San Fernando, Pampanga to Candelaria, Zambales. I think I have fallen in and out of sleep countless times. Finally, another hour and we arrived at Dawal Beach Resort.

 

The boredom, backache, and muscle cramps had suddenly vanished as my eyes feasted the paradise-like place while the breezy air filled my lungs.

 

A total of 29 attendees arrived at the resort. RCMB III personnel were joined by Central Luzon Association of Labor-Management Practitioners, Inc. (CLAMP) Officers, and employees from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). The 3-day activity entitled “Seminar/Workshop on GAD-Work-Life Balance for RCMB III and Social Partners cum CLAMP Oathtaking was held on March 14 to 16, 2018.

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UNION AND MANAGEMENT OF SUBIC DRYDOCK CORPORATION CONCLUDE ITS FIRST CBA

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the successful conclusion of the first/maiden Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of Subic Drydock Corporation and Subic Drydock Corporation Employees Labor Association after five consecutive conciliation-mediation conferences.

 

The Notice of Strike (NOS) case was filed on February 14, 2018 by Subic Drydock Corporation Employees Labor Association, involving CBA deadlock issues on wage increase, leave benefits, union leave, rice subsidy, hazardous pay, meal allowance, education benefits, production bonus, bereavement assistance, labor assistance, break time/rest hour, medical and dental assistance, and signing bonus.

 

Through the initiative and assistance incessantly provided by Conciliator-Mediator Othello B. Tongio, Jr., the parties’ differences on their positions during the CBA negotiations were resolved amicably that led to the settlement of the NOS, Director Aquino stated.

 

He acknowledged the efforts imparted by the union and management to break their impasse and thanked them for being cooperative and open-minded during the course of the negotiations.

 

Director Aquino added that the parties’ peaceful participation in striving for viable solutions to attain amicable settlement contributed to the conclusion of their CBA.

 

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RCMB III GIVES BACK

Year 2018 according to Chinese Horoscope, can bring success in love, and in work, but depends primarily on the quality of the communication between people, and from learning that being selfless and generous can bring the promise of a more generous harvest in return.

 

We have no Chinese blood, and we believe year 2018 or not, happiness does not result from what we get, but from what we give.

 

On February 22, 2018, the Branch visited and gave donations to Cottolengo Filipino, Inc. in San Rafael, and Anawim Lay Missions Foundation in Brgy. San Isidro, both located in Rodriguez, Rizal.

 

Our first stop was at Cottolengo Filipino. The warm smiles and relentless waves of special children greeted us as we alighted from our vehicles in front of Cottolengo.

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LAUNDRY SHOP WALKS OUT CLEAN

The Request for Assistance (RFA) filed by Messrs. Nenoy V. Mari and Fernando R. Godinez, Jr. against Everything Clean Laundry 1220 Premium Solutions is now over, Dir. Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

The requesting party sought the assistance of the Branch through the Single Entry Approach (SenA) on January 15, 2018 on issues of underpayment of salaries, non-payment of overtime, night shift differential, and 13th month pay, and non-remittance of SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG premiums of their employer.

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MANAGEMENT AND UNION OF A GARMENT MANUFACTURING IN CLARK FREEPORT ZONE SETTLE LABOR DISPUTE

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the settlement of the Preventive Mediation (PM) filed by Conquest Philippines, Inc. Workers Union against the Conquest Philippines, Inc.

 

The case was filed on January 15, 2018 on account of unfair labor practice, specifically, non-payment of retirement benefits of Ms. Josephine Castil, and refusal of management to discuss union’s issues and concerns.

 

After two conciliation-mediation conferences or on January 29, 2018, the union and management agreed to settle their labor dispute.

 

Due to company’s current financial constraints, management shall pay the retirement benefits of Ms. Josephine Castil amounting to Php141,933.76 on staggered basis for five (5) months through post-dated checks from March 07, 2018 to July 07, 2018 at Php27,986.75/month.  An additional Php2,000.00 in cash was paid on February 16, 2018 as differential in the computation of said benefit.

 

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THREE OFWs RECEIVE CLAIMS THROUGH SEnA

Three (3) domestic helpers from Saudi Arabia were assisted promptly by the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III and their Requests for Assistance (RFAs) were settled amicably on January 30, February 5 and 9, 2018, respectively, through the Single Entry Approch (SEnA) Program, confirmed by Director Edgar G. Aquino.

 

The RFAs were filed by the requesting OFWs against their respective recruitment agencies for issues on alleged non-payment of salaries, and holding of passport due to cancellation of application.

 

Ms. Nida Mahilum, a resident of Meycauayan, Bulacan received Php10,000.00 on February 2, 2018 from Venus International Placement Agency, Inc. as payment for her one and half month salary and financial assistance.

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