NCMB reported today the settlement of the labor dispute at Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR).
PASAR owns and operates the only copper smelter and refinery in the
Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque assumed jurisdiction over the dispute on June 16, 2010 after the parties remained firm in their respective positions despite conciliation efforts to find a mutually beneficial solution to the impasse.
Notwithstanding the assumption order, the parties continued their negotiations that resulted in a compromise agreement signed at the plant on June 23, 2010.
They formalized their compromise agreement through a joint manifestation which they submitted during the preliminary hearing on June 25, 2010. The agreement thus, rendered moot and academic the order issued by the Secretary.
The agreement benefits some 708 workers with an estimated P65M in CBA package spread over two years, from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012.
NCMB also reported the successful resolution of the disputes involving Hi-Eisai Pharmaceutical Corporation, Inc. and Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation, both in NCR.
The dispute at Hi-Eisai Pharmaceutical Company involved Federation of Free Workers (FFW) Hi-Eisai Pharmaceutical Workers Chapter, which filed a notice of strike against the company on June 3, 2010, alleging deadlock in bargaining negotiations, particularly on salary increase, signing bonus, mid-year bonus, car plan, and additional dependent (HMO).
The company also filed a notice of lockout against the union on the same day, raising the issues of wages, mid-year bonus and signing bonus.
On June 22, 2010, the parties signed a compromise agreement.
The agreement includes provisions for P1,200 per month additional basic pay to each covered employee, merit reward based on performance of P800 per month, one-time financial assistance of P1,000 for each covered employee, funeral benefits, rice subsidy of P1,000 per quarter for each covered employee, signing bonus of P5,000 for each employee, medicine allowance, dental benefits and prescription glasses.
Total CBA package amounted to P6,384,320 benefiting 71 workers.
The labor dispute at Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation was likewise settled through conciliation on June 9, 2010.
The union, Samahan ng Manggagawa ng Capasco – Taguig (SAMACAT), accepted management’s offer of P2.7M as separation pay for 20 union members.
The cases involving the aforementioned companies are just three of the 135 strike notices docketed by NCMB since January, which declined 4 percent from the 140 new cases received during the same period in 2009.
NCMB also reported a declining trend in preventive mediation cases. Only 190 cases have been filed since January, 25 percent lower than those filed during the same period in 2009.
Workers involved in both types of cases, however, recorded significant increases from 2009 figures. Workers in strike notices increased by 11 percent, while those covered by PM cases increased by 8 percent.
Cumulative monetary benefits facilitated from conciliation-mediation cases have reached P363.8M benefiting 4,554 workers as of June 29, 2010.
Of this amount, P352.5M represents CBA packages benefiting some 3,906 workers. Some 648 workers also received P11.3M in separation pay and other compensation.
Meanwhile, worker complaints processed through the Single Entry Approach (SENA) has reached 452 as of June 29, 2010. These cases involve 1,096 workers.
The resolution of SENA cases paid 419 workers with P7.3M in compensation.