Capitol Medical, workers’ union ink new, five-year CBA with P3.1-M benefit package

National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the Capitol Medical Center and its union had settled their dispute, after the parties have agreed to sign a new, five-year CBA with P3.1-M monetary package to benefit 79 workers.

“I commend NCMB-NCR Regional Director Edgar Aquino and Conciliator-Mediator Amorsolo Aglibut for facilitating the expeditious settlement of the dispute, avoiding further imminent work stoppage,” said Baldoz.

“I am impressed on how the management and the workers’ union of Capitol Medical calmly handled their dispute, thereby preserving the peaceful labor-management relations and mutual respect that both parties deserve,” she explained.

The case arose when Capitol Medical Center Employees Association-AFW filed a notice of strike on 4 April 2014,  on account of bargaining deadlock, specifically on the following issues: union security clause; salary increase;  hazard or special pay; compensatory day-off; emergency medical and dental services; hospitalization services; vacation leave; sick leave; other leave benefits; bereavement assistance; and retirement benefits.

After a series of conciliation and mediation conferences a negotiating deal was approved on 27 May, and the parties finally agreed to settle, with a monetary package amounting to P3.1 million for the 79 workers of the hospital.

“The highlights of the signed CBA reflects the following negotiated items:  Twenty one days Union leave; salary adjustment of P400 per month covering the periods 2011 to 2014; dental benefits; bereavement Assistance of P5,000; and signing bonus of P2,000 pesos per covered employee, ” said Executive Director Ubaldo in his report.

The new, five-year CBA was signed on 18 June 2014. The agreement takes effect retroactively on 20 June 2011 and extends until 19 June 2016 on the representation aspect alone, while the other economic and non-economic provisions shall have a validity period of three years from 20 June 2011 up to 14 June 2014 only.

Baldoz hailed the fast settlement of the dispute saying:

“I am pleased that through the pro-active conciliation efforts of NCMB another debilitating strike has been averted, ensuring industrial peace and harmony in one hospital.”

According to Director Aquino, the agreement was a breakthrough for both parties, considering their history of long-drawn-out legal battles over representation issues, marked by previous actual disruptive strikes and in rare cases, assumption of jurisdiction by the Labor Secretary.

“I am confident that through our reformed justice system using the intensified conciliation-mediation as a means to resolve labor conflict, we will be able to settle and dispose more labor cases that can boost sustainable industrial peace in our country,” Baldoz concluded.

END/Stella P. Bañares
(With reporting from Renato Canutal)

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