Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday hailed the settlement of a preventive mediation (PM) case and a notice of strike (NOS) between Wyeth Philippines and its union, Wyeth Suaco Sales Representatives Association, facilitated by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-National Capital Region, which resulted to an agreement for a three-year CBA containing an economic package of more than P68 million.
“I am pleased that the parties, through mutual cooperation and because of the far-reaching vision, have agreed to resolve their dispute amicably,” said Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz by way of comment on the report by NCMB executive director Reynaldo Ubaldo about the settlement.
The dispute arose when Wyeth management filed a request with NCMB for preventive mediation (PM) by reason of pending issues in its CBA negotiation with the union.
Acting fast on the PM case, the NCMB set the initial conciliation conference on 16 September 2013. However, the union notified the NCMB it could not attend the conference due to prior commitments. Thereafter, or on 13 September, the union filed a notice of strike (NOS), alleging unfair labor practice and CBA deadlock.
In another conciliation conference set later, the NCMB-NCR validated several issues, among them unfair labor practice consisting of alleged violation of the Memorandum of Agreement dated 1 July 2004 on ‘potential missed calls’, and CBA deadlock on seven economic and non-economic items of the existing CBA.
According to Ubaldo, the management, on 1 October, opposed the union’s claim of unfair labor practices, specifically, the ‘potential missed calls’, prompting the NCMB-NCR to conduct several conciliation-mediation conferences and two-on-two non-binding exploratory talks to explore the possibility of settlement.
Finally, on 18 November 2013, conciliator-mediator Edgar G. Aquino, who was handling the dispute, hammered an agreement between the parties to end the dispute under the following terms and conditions:
(1) On salary, increases of P2,500 per month effective 1 July 2013 for the first year; effective 1 July 2014 for the second year; and effective 1 July 2015 for the third year;
(2) One time lump sum or field operations enhancement payment of a total of P240,000 per covered employee;
(3) Field operations enhancement allowance at P15,000 per taxable year;
(4) Sick leave accumulation of 60 days to 75 days;
(5) On ‘potential missed calls’, both parties agreed to jointly formulate guidelines;
(6) Car option, option to purchase at 5 per cent after five years;
(7) Educational Assistance Program, details of this will be discussed outside the CBA;
(8) Contributory Retirement Plan, company will match the three per cent contribution from employees;
(9) Annual Physical Examination, coverage for legal spouse of married employees and parents of single employees; and
(10) Re-inclusion of Lasik procedure under the medical plan.
The total package of benefits in the new CBA is P68,893,439.00 to be received more or less 120 employees.
“The NCMB will always do its utmost in settling disputes to maintain industrial peace and to continue to help create an environment where investments can grow and provide more employment opportunities to our people,” said Amorsolo Aglibut, NCMB-NCR director.
Wyeth Philippines, Incorporated, with headquarters at 2236 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, operates its manufacturing facility inside the Canlubang Industrial Estate, Bo. Pittland, Canlubang, Laguna. It employs over 800 employees.
Wyeth Suaco Sales Representatives Association-DFA, on the other hand, is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the company’s sales representatives with a membership of 120 employees, headed by its president Conrado P. Sabarre II.
Stella P. Bañares