DOLE NCMB’s rookie conciliator settles dispute at steel pole manufacturing firm with P1.3 M plus benefit package

National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimpilis-Baldoz that a newly appointed conciliator-mediator of NCMB, Conciliator-Mediator Francis A. Gonzalo, Jr., has settled through conciliation-mediation the notice of strike case involving Industrial Galvanizers Corporation of the Philippines

“Gonzalo’s efforts led to the signing by the parties of a compromise agreement on 17 June 2014, paving the way for the conclusion of negotiations for the last two years of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA),” Ubaldo said in his report.

He said the Nagkakaisang Lakas Manggagawa ng Industrial Galvanizers Corporation of the Philippines, an affiliate of the Filipinong Samahang Manggagawa (FSM), filed  a notice of strike case on 7 May 2014, citing bargaining deadlock,  particularly on wage increase, signing bonus, rice subsidy and meal subsidy.

“Gonzalo succeeded in convincing the parties to agree to an economic package worth P1,318,217.60,”  Ubaldo said.
He said the package includes a wage increase of P 16/day per covered employee from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014, and another P 16/day per covered employee from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

The management also agreed to grant one-half sack of rice to all covered employees in addition to the existing two sacks of rice per year.

Covered members shall also receive a signing bonus of P5,000.

Baldoz commended the parties for finally signing their CBA and praised Conciliator-Mediator Gonzalo, Jr. for his effort in facilitating settlement.

“With this agreement, one strike was averted and the parties are assured of continued harmony in the workplace,” she said.

Industrial Galvanizers Corporation of the Philippines is engaged in fabricating, manufacturing, galvanizing, and zinc coating of steel pole structures for telecommunications, power transmission and distribution, major lighting applications, street lighting and wind power generation.  It is located at Brgy. Conchu, Trece Martires City, Cavite, and is headed by Manuel Reyes III, country manager.

Nagkakaisang Lakas Manggagawa ng Industrial Galvanizers Corporation, an affiliate of the Filipinong Samahang Manggagawa (FSM), headed by union president Leopoldo T. Feranil, Jr., represents 49 rank-and-file employees  of the company for collective bargaining purposes.

END/Diadema A. Aguirre

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