Johnson & Johnson Phils., Inc. and its sales union reach CBA deal

After a five month impasse, Johnson & Johnson Philippines, Inc. and its sales union finally agreed on the terms of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo reported yesterday to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

Ubaldo said the parties ended the five-month stand-off on 2 April 2014, which led to the finalization of the three-year CBA involving an estimated P3,386,400 in economic benefits.

Records show that Johnson & Johnson Office and Sales Union-FFW filed a Notice of Strike with the NCMB-NCR on 4 November 2013 due to bargaining stalemate on the economic provisions of the CBA.

“The union alleged that management’s offer is patterned after the CBA between the company and the product specialist union,” Ubaldo said, citing the report of Director Edgar G. Aquino who handled the dispute.

Management denied the allegations stating the initial offer was based on competitiveness, performance, and potentials, value to the organization, affordability, and equity.

The union, dissatisfied with the management’s unmoving offer, filed a request for strike voting.

“All members who cast their votes during the strike balloting voted in favor of strike,” Ubaldo said.

Amidst the threat of a strike, management improved its offer for salary increase by a notch to prevent negotiations from going downhill.

On 2 April 2014, the parties agreed to settle amicably after intensive deliberations on management’s new offer.

The agreement included a wage of P1,500, P1,400, and P1,300 effective 1 July 2013, 1 July 2014, and 1 July 2015, respectively.

Covered employees are also entitled to a P30,000 signing bonus.

Baldoz commended the NMCB and Dir. Aquino for their efforts to settle the case, saying the settlement assured the company of continuing industrial peace and harmony.

Johnson & Johnson Philippines, Inc. is a pharmaceutical products company located at Edison Road, Barrio Ibayo, Parañaque City. It employs 400 employees.

Johnson & Johnson Office and Sales Union-FFW is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the company’s sales representatives. It has 17 members and is affiliated with the Federation of Free Workers.

END/Gillian Pearl Guerrero, NCMB

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