The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) through its branch in Region IV-A has successfully averted a planned strike by workers of Asia Brewery, Inc., thus easing off the tension and restoring peaceful climate at the workplace.
“Through marathon conciliation mediation conferences facilitated by RCMB IV-A Director Feliciano R. Orihuela, Jr., along with Conciliator-Mediator Cynthia Forcardas, the settlement of the labor dispute was arrived at between the parties and eventually led to the signing of their new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA),” said NCMB Executive Director Shirley Pascual.
The labor dispute stemmed from the Notice of Strike (NOS) filed by the employees’ union on 10 June 2016 against the company, alleging bargaining deadlock on the economic provisions of their three-year CBA, specifically on the issues of wage increase, signing bonus, retirement, and regularization of workers in the bargaining unit.
After a series of conciliation conferences, the parties have reached a settlement on 30 June 2016 after a negotiated CBA was granted which has a total economic package amounting to P40,424,300.00 and will benefit 420 employees.
The agreement includes the guaranteed regularization of about 81 employees holding essential positions, such as machine operator, forklift operator, and maintenance personnel in the company.
“I would like to commend the parties for their initiative in resolving their differences at the plant-level and in between scheduled conciliation conferences to expedite the process of negotiations,” Pascual said.
“The settlement between Asia Brewery, Inc. and its union is truly unique because it not only grants wage increase, but it also guarantees the regularization of employees,” she added.
Asia Brewery, Inc, which is located at Brgy. Sala, Cabuyao, Laguna, is a manufacturing company engaged in the production of beverages, beer, and other non-alcoholic drinks. It has a total of 2,000 employees.
On the other hand, the Pag-Asa at Ilaw ng mga Manggagawa sa Asia (PIMA-Independent) is the recognized sole and exclusive bargaining agent of rank-and-file daily paid employees of the company, with a total membership of about 420 workers.
END/Tim Laderas with report from Joan Esther Mabilangan