NCMB Regional Branch No. 8 resolves PM case in Coca Cola-Tacloban plant Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has announced the settlement of the preventive mediation (PM) dispute at the Coca Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc.-Tacloban Plant after the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Office No. 8 had successfully settled the dispute. Baldoz, citing a report of NCMB executive director Reynaldo Ubaldo, said the NCMB Regional office No. 8 , through the efforts of conciliator-mediator Tomas B. Biboso, disposed the preventive mediation case on 11 July 2013. The Tacloban Coca Cola Plant Labor Union, the certified bargaining agent of the 62 rank-and-file employees of the company, filed a PM case on 6 June 2013 for unfair labor practice against Coca Cola specifically for violation of certain provisions in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). On 11 July 2013, after a series of conferences, both the Tacloban Coca Cola Plant Union and the management agreed to the following agreements: Payment of unpaid overtime, night shift differential, Saturday and Sunday time, union leave, vacation leave, and official business since October 2012 up to the present, provided the union/claimants can present proof of their claims; • The time attendance system for overtime rendered on ordinary days and night shift differential recorded through the use of biometric time record shall be supervised by the employee’s supervisor, rechecked, and personally monitored by Jeric Dumilum, human resources executive; and • The company will release copies of CBA booklets on 31 July 2013. Both parties also agreed to the NCMB Regional Branch No. 8 monitoring the developments of the agreement on 11 August 2013, or a month after the parties have signed the agreement. “I commend the workers and the management of Coca Cola Botlers Philippines, Inc.-Tacloban Plant for exhausting all avenues to settle their dispute. Their restraint and choice of peaceful solution is laudable. I also commend the NCMB for its pro-active efforts to resolve the disputes which saw the dismissal of the charges of unfair labor practices lodged by the Tacloban Coca Cola Plant Labor Union against management. This is part of our effort to sustain the harmonious labor-management relations in the company,” said Baldoz. End/letmaring

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