The National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region has settled  through conciliation, a dispute between the CAPASCO Labor Union WRM Division (CLUWD) and the management of Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation (CAPASCO), resulting to an economic package of P4.5 million under a collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for three years effective 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2016, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday.

Citing a report of NCMB-NCR Director Amorsolo U. Aglibut, Baldoz said the union and CAPASCO management, represented by Antonio P. Arrobio, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, arrived at a settlement of their dispute, a Notice of Strike, after NCMB-NCR Conciliator-Mediator Estelita S. Bautista held a series of conciliation conferences to bridge the differences between both parties.

“The settlement of the notice of strike preserved the jobs of not only the 82 union members, but the rest of the company’s 163 employees. I commend both parties for their openness and flexibility towards amicable settlement,” said Baldoz.

The case arose when Francisco Cargagente, the union president of CLUWD filed a notice of strike against CAPASCO on 4 November 2013, on the ground of a CBA Deadlock.

Barely a month after the initial conference, Director Aglibut said the parties agreed to settle on the following terms: (1) A wage increase for this year amounting to P23 per day which shall be effective 1 May 2013; a wage increase for 2014 of P22 effective on 1 May 2014; and a wage increase for 2015 of P21 per day effective on 1 May 2015; and (2) A signing bonus amounting to P3,000 per employee.

“I am pleased that the NCMB  and its corps of experienced conciliator-mediators remains steadfast in providing efficient services in labor conflict resolution and management, as they do play a crucial role in preserving harmonious labor-management environment,” said Baldoz.

Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation is located at P. Dela Cruz St., San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. It is engaged in steel manufacturing.

On the other hand, the CLUWD is the exclusive bargaining agent of 82 union members.

End/Stella Maris P. Bañares

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