Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday congratulated the workers and management of the MCU-FDT Medical Foundation, one of Caloocan City’s leading hospitals, after they have agreed to amicably settle their dispute through conciliation-mediation facilitated by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board – National Capital Region (NCMB-NCR).
Citing a report of NCMB-NCR Director Amorsolo Aglibut, Baldoz said the settlement of the dispute involved a promise by hospital management not to implement any outsourcing of any hospital services until the end of the existing collective bargaining agreement this March 2014.
“I congratulate the members of the hospital union and the hospital management for their resolve not to disrupt hospital operation by speedily coming to a mutually-beneficial settlement of their dispute. Their action was imbued with the larger concern for the good of the hospital patients and clients and reflect a sense of maturity,” Baldoz said who also commended conciliation-mediator Estelita Bautista for her fast action on the dispute.
Director Aglibut reported that the case arose when Ferdinand Gan, president of the MCU-FDT Medical Foundation Employees Association-AFW, assisted by legal counsel Atty. Edgar Martir, filed a preventive mediation case against the hospital on the ground of unfair labor practice, specifically violation of a provision in the existing CBA on the preservation of the character of the bargaining unit and violation of a prohibition on outsourcing under D.O No. 18-02.
The MCU-FDT Employees Association, affiliated with the Alliance of Filipino Workers, has 384 members, while the hospital, a tertiary health institution, employs more than 600 employees.