Baldoz lauds DOLE’s NCMB for settling dispute in PLDT Company

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz  yesterday commended the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), an attached agency of the DOLE, for the amicable and fast resolution of a labor dispute between the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and its union, the Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP).

The union, represented by its president, Arthur Castillo, filed a Preventive Mediation (PM) case on 4 September 2014 before the NCMB on the ground of unfair labor practice, specifically, the company’s non-compliance with Sec. 7, Paragraph 9 of the DOLE Department Order No. 18-A.

Sec. 7, Paragraph 9 of the D.O. 18-A is one of the prohibitions against labor-only contracting, stating that it is against law or public policy for an employer or contractor to refuse to provide its contractual workers copy of the Service Agreement and the employment contracts between the contractor and employees deployed to work in the bargaining unit of the principal’s certified bargaining agent to the sole and exclusive bargaining agent (SEBA).

“During the initial conciliation conference, the NCMB validated that the issue raised by the union is the refusal of the management to provide the union a copy of the service agreement and the employment contracts of all PLDT contractors as required by D.O. 18-A,” explained Director Edgar G. Aquino of the NCMB-NCR.

On the second conciliation conference, the parties agreed to resolve their dispute amicably. The management presented and gave the union a copy of the service contract and scope of work of PLDT contractor I-PLUS and the Special Contractor’s License issued by Philippine Contractors’ Accreditation Board (PCAP).

“I commend the NCMB, through its Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo. I also laud Conciliator-Mediator Estelita Baustista for her diligent effort in resolving the case amicably”, said Baldoz.

“I also laud the union and the company for their willingness to settle their differences, which showed their maturity to maintain a peaceful industrial climate in the PLDT,” Baldoz added.

PLDT, one of the country’s leading telecommunication companies, has more or less 30,000 employees and was represented in the dispute by Hector Herrera and its legal counsel, Atty. Rafael Khan.

The MKP, on the other hand, is the exclusive bargaining agent of the rank-and-file employees of PLDT, with 1,116 members.

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