Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, an attached agency of the DOLE, has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that its office in Region 4-A has settled a looming strike at a food manufacturing plant in San Pedro, Laguna, thereby restoring harmony and productivity between management and the company’s workers.

“We are pleased to report that the notice of strike filed by the Lorenzana Food Corporation Workers’ Union against the company on account of a deadlock in collective bargaining was settled in just one conciliation conference,” Director Ubaldo reported.

The union, affiliated with NLM-Katipunan, filed the notice of strike on 6 August.

NCMB Region IV-A officer-in-charge Gil G. Caragayan, who facilitated the settlement, said that on 12 August, the parties to the dispute agreed to conclude their three-year collective bargaining agreement containing an economic package of P570,490 that will benefit 21 union members.

“I am pleased that once again, the NCMB’s strengthened conciliation process has led to the settlement of a potential strike that would have been deleterious to the company and its workers. Conciliation is really a fast and cost-effective mode of resolving labor disputes and facilitating settlement,” commented Baldoz, who also commended Director Caragayan for settling the labor dispute in just one conciliation conference.

Lorenzana Food Corporation, which has around 100 workers, has its factory in Brgy. San Antonio in San Pedro.

On the other hand, Lorenzana Food Corp. Workers Union-NLM KATIPUNAN is the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of its 21 members, led by Rene Brioso, union president and Alfredo Pullarca, secretary general.

End/Stella P. Bañares

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