The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today reported the settlement of the labor disputes at Coca Cola Bottlers Phils., in Central Luzon (Region 3),including three others from the same region, plus one case in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In a report to Acting Labor and Employment Secretary Manuel G. Imson, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) said the labor disputes at Interworld Farms, DNL BahayKubo Crafts Inc., Everest Precision Casting Inc., and Senga Philippines Inc., were resolved following the preventive mediation intervention of the agency.

The resolution of the labor disputes underscored the need of labor and management to be reasonable in resolving their differences to prevent interferences of their company’s operations, Imson said, adding this is essential in industrial peace which, in turn, is needed in business expansion and the generation of more jobs for the workers.

Imson said contending parties at the Coca Cola Bottlers dispute agreed that management provide the union proof of benefits received by three union members who were transferred to its Iloilo branch, signifying that they were already members of the union in Iloilo.

Imson said management has also agreed to provide the union a copy of proof that union members Luis Talabut and Michael Lingat were already exonerated from the case charged against them.

The management also manifested that nine other union members who were likewise transferred to other branches be given benefits under a separation program to be implemented in the first quarter of the year, Imson said adding the parties have agreed to withdraw the case without prejudice to its refilling.

At the Interworld Farms labor dispute, Imson said the contending parties agreed to discuss the issues of non-recognition of the new collective representation, non-implementation of Wage Order No. 10 and regularization of employees at the plant level.

Meanwhile, the illegal closure issue at the Bahay Kubo Crafts was amicably settled after the parties agreed that workers would accept the 14 days per year of service separation pay offered by management, the acting DOLE chief said.

He added that both union and management agreed that in case the company re-opens its business operation under the same owners and incorporators, the workers would be given priority in re-hiring with the same rate even if its trade name was changed.

The dispute at Everest Precision Casting, according to Imson, was settled after the issue involving run-away shop was resolved. The parties agreed that management would exert best efforts in normalizing the six days of workweek by January 10, 2005. The union also agreed for the pull out of three drilling machines that would not affect firm’s normal working process.

On the other hand, union and management at Senga Philippines Inc., he said, signed a compromise agreement to amicably settle the issue of closure that stipulates among others, separation pay, financial assistance, earned accrued benefits and tax refunds.

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