DOLE’s NCMB-NCR averts strike at Metropolitan Club, Inc.

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board-NCR has averted an impending strike at the Metropolitan Club, Inc., following successful efforts to resolve the parties’ bargaining deadlock dispute, NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday.

Records show that the union filed a Notice of Strike with the NCMB-NCR alleging unfair labor practice specifically bargaining in bad faith and negotiation deadlock on 7 February 2014.

On 7 March 2014, after three conciliation-mediation conferences facilitated by the NMCB-NCR , both parties agreed to an estimated economic package of P1,699 for their two-year CBA,” Ubaldo said, citing the report of Conciliator-Mediator Amorsolo V. Aglibut who handled the dispute.

The economic package included salary increases for the 4th and 5th years of the CBA mounting to P300 per month.

Covered employees shall also receive a P4,000 signing bonus and medical allowance of P4,500 per year.

Other economic benefits agreed upon by the parties are rice and grocery allowances.

“The parties also agreed on the creation of five additional positions, particularly two waiters, two kitchen helpers, and one electrician,” Ubaldo said.

Other provisions agreed upon during the plant-level negotiations shall also form part of the agreement, including existing stipulations that are not modified during the negotiations.

“I commend the parties and Con-Med Aglibut for the peaceful resolution of the case in the interest of industrial peace,” Baldoz said.

She said the dispute could have easily escalated into a work stoppage without the firm resolve of the parties and the handling conciliator to explore avenues for settlement.

The NCMB has yet to monitor work stoppage in 2014. The last strike occurred in May 2013.

The Metropolitan Club, Inc. is a sports club located at Estrella corner Amapola Streets, Guadalupe Vejo, Makati City. It has a total employment of 66 employees.

The Malayang Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Metro Club represents 50 rank-and-file employees of the company. It is affiliated with Lakas at Gabay sa Manggagawa (LAGMAN).

END/Gillian Pearl Guerrero

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