National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the NCMB has settled the labor dispute involving Jose Daigdigan Farm and its union.

Ubaldo, quoting a report from RCMB-XI OIC Paciano L. Murro, Jr., said the company and its union, the Jose Daigdigan Farm Labor Union – ADLO – KMU agreed to settle on 3 February 2014, following the successful conciliation efforts of Conciliator-Mediator Ma. Teresa M. Francisco.

Jose Daigdigan Farm Labor Union, an affiliate of the ADLO- KMU, filed a notice of strike against a company on 28 January 2014, on account of unfair labor practice, specifically, union busting, illegal dismissal, and money claims for underpayment of wages, 13th month pay, holiday pay, and overtime.

The parties agreed to settle after only two conciliation-mediation conferences. The company agreed to grant monetary benefits to 12 affected workers in the amount of P870,510 itemized as follows:

1. Underpayment of wages, 13th month pay and holiday pay covering the 3-year period – P360,000
2. Separation package – P510,510

The company paid the workers the said beneifts on 8 February 2014.

Likewise, the parties agreed to discuss further at the plant level the issue on money claims of the remaining 34 affected workers.

Part of the agreement included the conduct of a one-day seminar on NCMB programs at the plantation site on 10 February 2014.

The parties also agreed to refrain from committing any retaliatory measures against each other that may aggravate the situation.

Baldoz commended the efforts of the NCMB and conciliator-mediator Ma. Teresa M. Francisco in facilitating the agreement.

“The resolution of the dispute is mutually acceptable and beneficial to both parties, thanks to the NCMB’s pro-active stance,” Baldoz said. “Because of this, the threat of strike was effectively eliminated, assuring the company of continuing industrial peace and the workers of continued employment,” she added.

Jose Daigdigan Farm, located at Feeder Road 2, Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte is engaged in banana plantation. It has about 52 employees and is represented by Mr. Porferio Cutab, president.

With a report from Diadema A. Aguirre, NCMB

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