DOLE settles two labor disputes; Baldoz credits settlement to reforms PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 November 2010 16:06

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Wednesday said the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) reform measures on labor arbitration and adjudication system -- one of the important points enshrined in the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III — are beginning to take hold, following the successful resolution of two labor disputes arising from deadlocks in collective bargaining agreements (CBA).

Citing a report of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR), Baldoz said the CBA deadlocks between labor and the management at Flexo Manufacturing Corporation in Veinte Rosales, Valenzuela City, Metro Manila and Cathay Metal Corporation in San Bartolome, Novaliches, Metro Manila have been successfully resolved after earnest efforts of the NCMB to effect mutually acceptable solution to the parties’ differences.

“The settlement of the dispute between the Flexo Workers Union-NAFLU and the management of Flexo Manufacturing Corporation will benefit 241 union members to the tune of P5,538,469.20 in economic package from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. The company, on the other hand, will benefit in terms of guaranteed undisrupted operation and harmonious labor-management relations,” Baldoz said.

Among the conditions agreed by the parties in settling the dispute are an increase in workers’ wages during the CBA’s 4th and 5th year, a one-time financial assistance, release of separation pay, and leave credits conversion.

Flexo Manufacturing Corporation is a company that supplies major local and multi-national companies with a comprehensive array of flexible packaging solutions in either roll of pre-formed bag formats. It exports its products to Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and other countries in the region.

The labor and employment secretary also announced that the NCMB has facilitated the amicable settlement of the dispute resulting in a CBA deadlock between the Cathay Metal Independent Workers Union-WSN and the management of the Cathay Metal Corporation.

After the NCMB exerted earnest and exhaustive conciliation and mediation efforts, both parties agreed to an estimated economic package of P5,940,540 in favor of the workers for the 4th and 5th year of their CBA.

Cathay Metal Corporation, a company engaged in manufacturing construction materials, has 234 employees, 225 of whom are members of the Cathay Metal Independent Workers Union-WSN.

Baldoz congratulated NCMB conciliator-mediators Edgar G. Aquino and Angelita S. Narvaez who worked to facilitate the settlement of the disputes.

“Our reform at labor arbitration and adjudication systems, specifically by streamlining procedures, removing red tape, and restoring integrity and fairness in the system can be credited for the settlement of these disputes,” Baldoz said.