Holy Child Foundation, Inc. and its union, the Holy Child Employees Labor Union, recently renewed their collective bargaining agreement after Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch Vii succeeded in amicably settling the unfair labor practice allegations of the union, NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

The union filed a notice of strike on 1 April 2013 alleging the company of refusal to bargain and union busting.

“The hospital’s director has refused to attend CBA negotiations, Ubaldo, citing reports form RCMB VII Director Edmund Mirasol, said. “This was interpreted by the union as part of an attempt to bust the union.”

In the initial conference on 4 April 2013, the union set aside its suspicion over union busting and agreed to negotiate with management in good faith.

“The union was seeking a P1,000 monthly wage increase during the fourth and fifth years of the CBA”, Ubaldo said.

“However, this proposal changed in the course of the negotiations. In the end, the union was content with just seeking for an improvement in salary,” he added.

Negotiations reached a breakthrough 10 July 2013 when management representatives made an irresistible offer.

Management offered a monthly wage increase of P500 on the fourth year and P510 on the fifth year. The increase would retroact to 19 February 2013.

On top of this, it also offered to implement the scheme immediately.

The union consented to the proposal without hesitation. On 23 July 2013, the parties signed their new CBA at the Holy Child Hospital board room.

“We are extremely pleased with the settlement of this case because management moved strategically to dissolve the impasse by making an offer that is both acceptable and fair to both parties,” Ubaldo said.

“I also commend Director Mirasol for preventing the case from paralyzing company operations which could have compromised the safety and lives of the patients of the hospital,” he added.

Holy Child Hospital is located at Bishop E. Surban St., Dumaguete City. It has 180 employees.

Holy Child Hospital Employees Labor Union represents for collective bargaining purposes the 130 rank-and-file employees of the hospital. It is affiliated with the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).

END/Gillian Pearl L. Guerrero, NCMB

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