The labor department has settled the dispute at an electronics company in Rosario, Cavite through mediation and conciliation, officials announced yesterday.


In resolving the dispute, workers and management of Lakepower Converter Inc, agreed to amicably settle their differences, withdraw the workers’ notice of strike, with the company vowing not initiate any legal action against the workers.


Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said DOLE’s commitment to industrial peace has once again been realized with the resolution of the dispute.


Lakepower is a Taiwanese manufacturing company engaged in transformer and coil winding, electronic part soldering and PCB assembly located at the Cavite Economic Zone in Rosario. The company employs about 300 workers and is headed by their vice-general manager Mr. Cheng Senchao.


The Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Lakepower Converter Incorporated Independent (SMLCI-IND) accused management of union busting, including illegal termination and harassment.


The management agreed to reinstate the 64 terminated officers and members of the union provided that they “respect and abide by the rules and regulations of the employer, refrain from issuing wrongful statement or releasing negative publicity to the media that may ridicule the company.”


“We are thankful to the company because we can now report back to our jobs. We had difficulties before in negotiating with the company but now, they are hearing us out and resulted in the resolution of the case,” union president Mercy Tanginan said.


In November last year, the union went to the NCMB for preventive mediation and later filed a notice of strike when negotiations broke down in December.


“The management had thought of middle ground so that we can settle this case. We came out with the terms and conditions which are reasonable to the workers and gladly the union accepted this terms,” management legal counsel Ma. Carmen Espinosa said.


#Paul Ang

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