National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR) Director Amorsolo Aglibut yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the agency has settled the labor dispute involving the union and management at Fairways Cargo Movers Corporation (FCMC) in just one conference, with four workers getting P255,000 in separation pay as part of the settlement.

“The NCMB-NCR has facilitated the settlement of a preventive mediation (PM) case filed by the president of the union against FCMC management. The resolution of the dispute was to the satisfaction of both parties, and cordial labor-management relation has been restored for the benefit of the company’s 500 employees and company management,” reported Director Aglibut.

The case stemmed when Rommel Briones, representative of Fairways Cargo Movers Corporation Workers’ Union-NWB (FCMC-NWB), filed a PM case on 27 January on the ground of unfair labor practice, specifically interference in union affairs, harassment, and illegal deduction.

Immediately, Director Aglibut deployed Conciliator-Mediator Estelita Bautista to help resolve the dispute.

On 3 February, after only one conciliation-mediation meeting, the parties to the dispute agreed to an amicable settlement, with the management agreeing to pay the separation benefits of four union members, namely, Rommel Briones, P80,000; Wilfredo Sinogbuhan, P70,000; Rodante Tanael, P55,000; and Rick Lumapay, P40,000, or a total of P255,000.

FCMC, with offices in Maybunga, Pasig City, is engaged in trucking and forwarding, and employs about 500 employees. On the other hand, FCMC-NWB is a registered labor union with 44 members.

Baldoz commended the union and the management of the company for opting to amicably settle their dispute, saying it averted job loss and restored industrial harmony which could boost the company’s productivity and continued operation.

“I also commend the NCMB-NCR for its pro-active stance in settling the dispute,” Baldoz said.

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