The National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR) has settled through conciliation and mediation two preventive mediation (PM) disputes, one of which was grounded on the non-implementation of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board-NCR’s Wage Order No. NCR-18 due to wage distortion, at the bus transport company, Victory Liner, Inc., Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday.

Citing a report of NCMB-NCR Director Amorsolo Aglibut, Secretary Baldoz said one of the agreements under the settlement was the reinstatement of one worker, Enrique Mariano, and the grant of financial assistance to four workers who opted to leave the company, namely, Cresencio Ocbania, who received P2,500; Patricio Austero, P11,700; Leovino Ramos, P144,900; and Rodrigo Bulaon, who received P8,000.

Another worker, Jayson Tolentino, eventually dropped his claim during the conciliation-mediation proceedings.

The amicable settlement which effectively ended the dispute also involved the payment by the company of a P4 per day increase to monthly-paid employees, and an increase of P2.50 per day to all conductor-drivers, or a total estimated economic package of P2,564,203.20, retroactive 4 October 2013.

The cases arose when the Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa sa Victory Liner, Inc. (NLM-Katipunan), the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of 2,600 union workers of Victory Liner, Inc., filed a preventive mediation case with the NCMB grounded on unfair labor practice, specifically illegal dismissal of the above-named union members.

Shortly after, the union filed another preventive mediation case grounded on the non-implementation of the new wage order in the NCR due to wage distortion.

In a conciliation-mediation conference convened by Conciliator-Mediator Edgar Aquino, both parties agreed to consolidate the issues raised in the two PM disputes and discuss them in the succeeding conciliation-mediation conferences which eventually led to the above settlement.

“I am very pleased that the union and management of Victory Liner, Inc. opted to settle their dispute in an amiable and amicable manner. Their openness and desire of both parties to arrive at a mutually-acceptable solution to their problem ensures a harmonious atmosphere which could bolster labor-management cooperation in the attainment of sustained profit and productivity and profitability,” commented Baldoz.

She also commended the NCMB-NCR for its effort to bridge the parties’ differences, saying the agency’s vigilance and readiness to assist workers and management is a boon to sustained industrial peace.

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