The Department of Labor and Employment-National Conciliation and Mediation Board has facilitated the signing of an agreement which settled the notice of strike (NOS) filed by Kasapian Ng Malayang Manggagawa Sa Coca-Cola against Coca-Cola FEMSA -Meycauayan plant.
“In the interest of industrial peace, the DOLE facilitated the settlement of an agreement between Coca Cola FEMSA management and its union, KASAMA-CCO-FCCI,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
Bello, citing a report from DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod who spearheaded the conciliation-mediation for the Department, said that the union agreed to lift the strike and resume their negotiation with management.
According to Maglunsod, Coca Cola FEMSA–Meycauayan and its union agreed to immediately resume their negotiations on the economic provision of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Both parties also acknowledged that they need to correct the scope of the bargaining unit in the round of CBA negotiations in 2019 as provided in the respective registration, such that daily-paid employees shall belong to the bargaining unit of KASAMMA-CCO-FCCU while monthly paid employees shall belong to the baragaining unit of NLU.
Both Coca Cola FEMSA and KASAMMA-CCO-FCCU shall also refrain from engaging in retaliatory actions by reason of the filing of notice of strike and its conduct.
The DOLE, on the other hand, shall resolve the membership of the nine workers at the Malabon Distribution Center on or before March 3, 2017.
Coca Cola FEMSA Phils, Inc. (CCFPI) Meycauayan Plant, is located at Muralla Industrial Park, Brgy. Perez, Meycauayan, Bulacan. It is engaged in the manufacture of beverages and has more than 4,000 employees. Coca Cola FEMSA is headed by Fabricio Ponce, a Mexican national. The company is represented by Atty. Allan Dale Mariazeta and Ms. Bella Prez, legal counsel and Sr. HR Executive, respectively.
KASAMMA Coca-Cola, is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the 214 daily paid employees in the company. It is headed by Mr. Rommel Padua, union president.
Based on Maglunsod’s report, KASAMMA-CCO filed a Notice of Strike for unfair labor practice, specifically violation of the CBA provision on the scope of the bargaining unit; and bargaining deadlock on the scope of the bargaining unit.
On October 7, 2016, during the initial conference, the parties stood firm with their respective position on the deadlock issue on the scope of the bargaining unit. The union wants to include in the scope of the bargaining unit all daily paid employees in the distribution centers in the areas of Roosevelt, Lagro, Malabon, Paranaque, Bicutan, and Meycauayan. The management, on the other hand, wants status quo on the scope of the bargaining unit while the case on PCE filed by the PTGWO is still pending at the Court of Appeals.
It was also validated that during the CBA negotiation at the plant level, the union proposed that the issue on the scope of the bargaining unit should be resolved before discussing the economic provisions of the proposed CBA covering the period 2016-2019. After three (3) meetings of the CBA negotiation on the scope of the bargaining unit, the Union declared a deadlock.
The union also alleged that the Coca Cola FEMSA management committed unfair labor practice acts when they allowed the daily paid employees in the distribution centers of Lagro, Roosevelt, Bicutan and Meycauayan to become members of the scope of the bargaining unit of monthlies union.