SETTLEMENT OF THE LABOR DISPUTE AT COCA-COLA FOILS AN IMPENDING WORK STOPPAGE

The Notice of Strike (NOS) filed by Coca-Cola Bottlers Monthly Clerical Employees Association CCBMCEA – FCCU against the Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI) was settled amicably after a marathon conciliation-mediation conference was conducted on August 25, 2017, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.
In the initial conference on July 28, 2017, the union gave 6 priority items involving scope, operation performance incentive/monthly variable pay (OPI/MVP), union leave, rice ration, hospitalization, and wages.
The Branch’s win-win approach to facilitate exhaustively the parties’ position on every item has brought positive outcome leading to the resolution of the dispute.
Through the assistance and unrelenting efforts of Director Aquino and Con-Med Maribeth Gopez, the parties’ negotiation resulted finally to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 25, 2017.
The management and union agreed to retain the current provision on scope that excludes Finance Analyst positions with Administrative and Budget functions, except if management agrees that Asset Control Analyst and Customer Management Analyst positions shall be covered by the union in its membership by tolerance.
In the case of creation of a new job position/title, for as long as the job description is substantially the same as the position, which is currently part of the scope, the same shall be considered as part of the bargaining unit.
The parties agreed to resolve the issues on Notice to Explain (NTE) or disciplinary actions, workloads, optional overtime and other benefits such as housing loan, housing assistance loan, emergency loan, and educational loan through their Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) program.

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UNION AND MANAGEMENT IN AN ELECTRIC COMPANY SIGNS CBA

After only two conciliation-mediation conferences conducted by the Branch, the labor dispute between the management and union of Zambales I Electric Cooperative, Inc. was settled amicably, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

Citing the report of Conciliator-Mediator Onofre H. Bautista, Zameco I Employees Association filed a Notice of Strike on August 8, 2017 on the grounds of CBA deadlock, specifically on wage increase, longevity pay, and signing bonus.

 

After a series of extensive discussions, and exchanges of positions, the parties reached an amicable settlement on August 24, 2017.

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SENA SETTLEMENT IN A BPO COMPANY

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the prompt settlement of the Request for Assistance (RFA) filed by the employees of GLMIT Web Services on August 15, 2017 against the company on grounds of non-payment of 13th month pay for 3 years and illegal dismissal with money claims.
“Through the assistance and initiative provided by Conciliator-Mediator Maribeth N. Gopez, the RFA was settled expeditiously during the initial conciliation-mediation conference conducted on August 22, 2017 or seven days after filing,” Director Aquino said.
Requesting parties Mary Antonette Dela Cruz, a forensic accounting analyst, Crizalyn Ual, an Accountant, and Pauline Joy Copior and Prince Johnston Lazaro, who are both finance staff, accepted the management’s offer of separation pay, 13th month pay, and one month salary in lieu of notice of dismissal.

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UNION AND MANAGEMENT IN A STEEL PIPE MANUFACTURING INKS CBA

The Notice of Strike filed by the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Supreme, the sole bargaining agent at Supreme Steel Pipe Corporation, was settled amicably on August 16, 2017, Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today.

 

The union filed its Notice of Strike on May 17, 2017  grounded on CBA deadlock, specifically, wage increase, sick and vacation leaves, rice subsidy, mid-year bonus, labor education assistance, regularization, 13th month pay, excursion, Christmas package, signing bonus, and office rental and equipment.

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THE MS. FLAWLESS OF REGION III

With her curly hair, high-pitch voice, fashionable outfits, loud clackety-clack of her shoes, she is definitely a stand out in a crowd, someone whose characteristics surely made her unique. She is Ms. Marlyn Q. Flores, the Miss Flawless of Region III.

 

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She fondly embraced that title for almost 30 years working in NCMB. As one of the pioneers in the agency, she certainly exceeded all the step-increments and loyalty bonus the agency has to offer.

 

During the course of her service, we have witnessed her tried different haircuts, haircolors, and hairstyles, but curly hair must I say is her favorite.

 

Her uniqueness made us, in Region III, melancholy when she decided to retire last June. I may say, “at last”, because for as long as I can remember she oftentimes compute her retirement pay.  Her calculator with faded digits is the living proof.

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LABOR DISPUTE AT A FURNITURE MAKER SETTLES AMICABLY

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the settlement of the Preventive Mediation case at Betis Craft, Inc. filed by Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Betis Craft, Inc – Lakas ng Manggagawa sa Pilipinas (LAKAS).
Citing a report from Conciliator-Mediator Maribeth N. Gopez, the union’s case was filed on June 19, 2017 due to mass dismissal of union officers and members, gross intimidation, and illegal deductions.
Management, on the other hand, claimed that the termination of employment of its workers was due to lack of market or slump in demand that made them incapable of paying the separation benefits of the affected workers on time.
Successive conferences were conducted by the Branch.  Several options for possible settlement were suggested by Con-Med Gopez to resolve the issues which contributed to the resolution of the labor dispute on August 10, 2017.

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RCMB III Recognizes the 2017 Regional Winners with Best Practices on LMC and GM

Director Edgar G. Aquino led the recognition of the regional winners for the 2017 Search for Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery (GM) for Industrial Peace in a simple ceremony on August 08, 2017 at Barney’s Burger, Lazatin Boulevard, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

“Chun Chiang Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Inc. (CCEMCI), Orica Philippines, Inc. (OPI), and International Wiring Systems Philippines (IWSP) were chosen by the Regional Screening Committee as Region III’s finalists to the national level screening for Best LMC Practices.  IWSP was the Branch’s lone entry for this year’s Best GM.  The regional winners were endorsed for final review and evaluation by the National Board of Judges on June 30, 2017”, confirmed by Director Aquino.

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SWIFT SETTLEMENT OF AN RFA CASE NOTWITHSTANDING THE DISTANCE

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the swift settlement of the Request for Assistance (RFA) filed by Mr. Edgar Manalang, against his former employer, Superior Motor Corporation which is situated at Mandaue, Cebu.

 

Mr. Manalang sought the help of RCMB III on August 2, 2017 in claiming his remaining salary from his former employer. Despite the distance, the handling SEnA Desk Officer (SEADO), Ma. Girlie D. Layug, took the chance to help Mr. Manalang.

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TEAMWORK: Key to Remarkable Accomplishments

Director Edgar G. Aquino announced elatedly in the staff meeting that the Branch’s accomplishments for the first half of 2017 is considered one of the best regional performances of RCMB III for it was able to surpass targets on most of its major programs despite of numerous setbacks and challenges encountered from January to June 2017.  This was confirmed during the last concluded Mid-Year Performance Assessment (MYPA) conducted by NCMB on July 13-14, 2017.

A sincere appreciation was conveyed to all Branch’s personnel by Director Aquino for an outstanding performance on LMC facilitation, GM operationalization/ institutionalization, LMC and GM enhancement, including DOLE Convergence Programs on Productivity Improvement, Occupational Safety & Health, and Family Welfare, both for organized and unorganized companies.

Director Aquino said that the total LMCs facilitated were 13, surpassing already the target for the year by one.  Four of these were from organized companies, and the remaining 9 were from unorganized establishments.  Enhanced LMCs in the organized group numbered 44, while 16 LMCs in the unorganized sector were strengthened.

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RCMB III Settles RFA in a Manpower Agency Operating Outside of the Region

Citing a report from Conciliator-Mediator Maribeth N. Gopez, the Request for Assistance at Reinlab Corporation was fully settled after the payment for separation pay was effected on July 21, 2017, confirmed today by Director Edgar G. Aquino.

The RFA filed on June 21, 2017 by Mr. Roberto L. Rosales, a sanitation crew, and his co-workers against the Reinlab Corporation was due to alleged underpayment of wages and separation pay.

After two conciliation-mediation conferences or on July 12, 2017, the parties agreed for the payment of separation pay in a total amount of Php92,000.00 benefitting twelve workers, namely, Teodolfo Caisip, Lorence Calamohoy, Norbing Logente, Jayson Montecalvo, Cresencio Princillo, Roberto Rosales, Nodelita Largadas, Jonathan Gonzales, Jesus Labrador Jr., Jesus Labrador Sr., Justine Hallig, and Marvin Vasquez.

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