Oceana Gold (Philippines) Inc. and union sign first CBA

National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the settlement of the Notice of Strike involving Oceana Gold (Philippines) Inc., and its union, the Pun Oh Ohhaan Hi Kiphodan, leading to the conclusion of the CBA between the parties.

Citing a report from RCMB-II Director Estrella B. Rosal, Ubaldo said the parties signed their CBA at the mining site at Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya on February 12, 2014.

The new CBA, the first for the company and its union, will benefit 270 employees with an economic package amounting to P65 million for the first 3 years, Ubaldo said.  The collective bargaining agreement covers the period from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018.

The union filed a Notice of Strike with RCMB-II on December 10, 2013 after negotiations at the plant level ended in a deadlock.

“Parties started negotiations as early as August 2013,” Ubaldo said.  “They could not agree on certain items in the economic provisions, prompting the union to file a notice with RCMB-II.”

After six conciliation conferences conducted by RCMB Director Rosal from December 17, 2013 to February 6, 2014, the parties ended the impasse to conclude their first CBA.

Ubaldo hailed Rosal for facilitating settlement and commended the parties for choosing the win-win solution to resolve the impasse instead of bringing the issue to the picket lines.

Pun Oh Ohhaan Hi Kiphodan represents 270 employees in the company for collective bargaining purposes.  It is headed by Wendy Nicano, union president.

OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc., is engaged in gold and copper mining.  It employs 523 employees and is located at Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.  It is managed by Brennan Lang, General Manager.

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Diadema A. Aguirre

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