NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the settlement of the notice of strike involving the union and management of San Beda College Alabang.

Ubaldo said the notice of strike, which emanated from the bargaining deadlock filed by the San Beda College Alabang Employees Association, was settled on 5 February 2015 through the efforts of Conciliator-Mediator George Ridad.

“The union filed the notice of strike on 12 January 2015, following failed negotiations at the plant level. The parties were locked on issues, such as union recognition and scope, union privileges, security of tenure, promotion, management and workers committee, days and hours of work, compensation, leave benefits, retirement benefits, longevity gift, merit/rating performance bonus, and provident fund,” Ubaldo said in his report.

The history of the dispute showed the first few conciliation conferences called by Con-Med Ridad bore no positive results due to the absence of legitimate representatives for management who could bind the company during the negotiations.

Representatives of the management reported that the deciding authorities could not attend the hearings because they could not afford to be away from the school for long.

To address the problem, Con-med Ridad suggested reaching out to the management and conducting the conciliation conference at the plant level.

Both parties agreed to the suggestion, and representatives from top management finally sat down with the union to resolve the disputed issues.

“The first conciliation meeting at the school premises happened to be the final conference, as both the union and management representatives reached settlement and agreed to terminate the conciliation proceedings,” Ubaldo said.

“The parties agreed to a lump sum compensation of P3.8 million representing salary increases for the period 25 June 2015 to 24 June 2016. They will re-negotiate the salary increase for CBA year 2016-2017,” Ubaldo further disclosed.

Baldoz commended Con-Med Ridad who needed just 24 days to settle the dispute, as well as the union and management for their maturity and sense of responsibility.

“Con-med Ridad’s successful efforts in convincing the parties to settle meant that industrial peace continues to reign in the company, and that the school can continue to focus on its mission to provide quality education to its students,” she said. “However, this would have gone for naught had the parties not had the sense of responsibility and maturity to end their dispute. I salute them,” she added.

The parties are in the process of drafting the CBA as of this writing.

San Beda College Alabang is a non-stock, non-profit educational institution owned and operated by the Order of St. Benedict (OSB). It has a total employment of about 400 employees.

The San Beda College Alabang Employees Association (SBCEA) is the sole bargaining unit of the institution with 208 members.

 

END/ Joan Esther O. Mabilangan

 

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