Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday lauded the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) for resolving the labor dispute involving Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) in Makati City, and its employees union, the Manggagawang Komunikasyon sa Pilipinas (MKP)-rank-and-file employees.
“I commend the conciliation team for resolving the deadlock between the management and rank-and file employees of PLDT through the conduct of extensive conciliation-mediation conferences,” said Baldoz.
Citing a report from Executive Director Shirley M. Pascual of the NCMB, Baldoz said the union filed a Notice of Strike (NOS) on 2 November 2015 before the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch-NCR, on account of CBA deadlock on economic and non-economic benefits.
The parties finally reached settlement on 9 April 2016, paving the way for the conclusion of negotiations for the last three years of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“I also acknowledge the timely intervention of DOLE Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato throughout the conciliation process, which resulted in the settlement of the NOS case,” said Baldoz.
Facilitating the settlement were Conciliator-Mediators Estelita S. Bautista and Rowena M. Gutierrez, Directors Jay Jasper B. Javines and Teresita E. Audea.
The settlement package accorded to the employees include a wage increase of P 3,300 per month for the first year effective November 2015; P 3,000 per month effective November 2016 for the second year; and another P 3,000 per month effective November 2017 in the third year.
Other features of the agreement include gift certificate per covered employee, funeral assistance (death of spouse or any legitimate dependent/children), environmental funding assistance, educational trust fund, per diem of P1, 000 per day, safety shoes, group insurance plan with double indemnity in case of death due to accident, and additional 72 man-hours union leave per month for legitimate union activities.
The company has also agreed to hospitalization benefits for dependents and prescription of eyeglass subsidy for the three year term of the CBA.
Moreover, on 8 November 2015, each member of the bargaining unit has also received a one-time lump sum CBA conclusion bonus amounting to P25,000 plus 65 percent of the covered employees’ monthly salary.
“I praised the efforts of the conciliating team in effecting amicable settlement to the dispute, and at the same time, to both parties for choosing a peaceful settlement rather than pushing through with a strike,” said Baldoz, adding that “the agreement also manifest the trust and confidence of the parties on objectivity and sense of fairness”.
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), located at Ramon Cojuangco Building, Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue in Makati City, is engaged in telecommunication business, and employs around 8,000 employees. It is represented by Mr. Emiliano R. Tanchico, first vice president, and assisted by Mr. Hector M. Profeta, member of the management negotiating panel.
Meanwhile, the Manggagawang Komunikasyon sa Pilipinas (MKP) – Rank-and-file employees, is a legitimate labor organization, headed by Mr. Arthur S. Castillo, local union president and Mr. Alexander F. Tirao, being the negotiating panel chairman.
END/Tim Laderas with reports from Diadema Aguirre