DOLE’s NCMB settles PM case at MCU-FDT Medical Foundation; 58 workers receive P348-K in separation benefits

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board, an attached agency of the DOLE, yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that its office in the National Capital Region has settled through conciliation a preventive mediation case between MCU-Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation, Inc. and its union, MCU-FDT Medical Foundation Employees Association, thereby restoring harmony and productivity between management and the company’s employees.

“We are pleased to report that the preventive mediation case filed by the employees’ union against the company, on account of unfair labor practice due to alleged non-payment of CBA benefits to workers on the 1st year of their CBA amounting to P10,000 for each employee, has been finally settled,” Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo reported.

The union is an affiliate of the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW) and the certified bargaining agent of the 384 employees of MCU-FDT.

The terminated /resigned workers filed the preventive mediation case on 13 August with allegations of massive violation of the workers’ right to proper payment of remuneration and separation benefits. As a response the management refuted such allegation, stating that the workers are not entitled to the CBA benefits. The workers further repudiated the management’s allegation insisting that their separation claims are valid and reasonable under the circumstances.

On 29 August, after just two conciliation conferences facilitated by the NCMB-NCR, the parties mutually agreed that the 58 workers who were terminated and have voluntarily resigned as of 15 March 2014 shall be granted P6,000  each in separation benefits.

Baldoz commended the RCMB-NCR conciliator-mediator Estelita S. Bautista                  for facilitating the expeditious settlement of the dispute through the established mediation-conciliation procedures of NCMB.

“The workers expressed satisfaction on the settlement of their individual claims,” said Ubaldo in his report. He said the aim of these conciliation procedures is to safeguard the rights and protection of workers in mutually agreed arrangements and at the same time balance the legitimate needs of the employers.

“I am pleased that once again, the DOLE RCMB’s strengthened conciliation process has led to the settlement of a dispute that would have been harmful to the company and its workers. Conciliation is really a fast and cost-effective mode of resolving labor disputes and facilitating settlement,” commented Baldoz, noting that more and more cases are being settled through conciliation-mediation to the benefit of more workers.

“It is our pledge to ensure that our policies, programs and activities are consistent, coherent, and in harmony with the 2011-2016 Labor and Employment Plan promoting better business environment and inclusive growth through decent and productive work,” She added.

The MCU-Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation is a non-stock non-profit educational institution with an adjunct tertiary hospital primarily engaged in providing medical and health services. It is currently located at EDSA, Caloocan City. It employs 600 workers represented by the Human Resource Department Manager, Perseverania Lecaroz and assisted by Atty. Ernesto Tabao.

On the other hand, MCU- Dr. Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation Employees Association is the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of its 384 rank-and-file employee-members.

END/ Stella P. Bañares

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