Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz commended the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-NCR for averting an impending strike at the Maynilad Water Services, Inc., following successful efforts to resolve the parties’ bargaining deadlock dispute as reported by NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo.

The Maynilad Water Supervisors Association is an independent union, which represents for collective bargaining purposes a total of 312 supervisory employees in the company. It is headed by its union president, Reynaldo Fumar.

Records show that the union filed a Notice of Strike with the NCMB-NCR alleging unfair labor practice specifically bargaining in bad faith and negotiation deadlock on 8 January 2015.

On 13 March, after a series of conciliation-mediation conferences facilitated by the NMCB-NCR, the parties concluded their two-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with an estimate package of P52 million benefitting the union members.

Baldoz lauded the NCMB-NCR, particularly Conciliator-Mediator Paciano Murro, Jr. for his diligent effort in resolving the case amicably.

She said resolution of the labor issues as a “win-win solution,” stressing the importance of “harmonious relations at the plant level” for “employee productivity and enterprise growth.”

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. is the water and wastewater services provider for the 17 cities and municipalities that comprise the West Zone of the Metropolitan Manila area. It is an agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS); and has exclusive concession by the Philippine Government to operate, maintain and invest in the water and sewerage systems.

The company, located at MWSS Building, Katipunan St., Balara, Quezon City, is headed by its president, Victorico Vargas. It has about 2,067 employees.

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