The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today reported the settlement of the labor disputes at Sanyo Phils., Inc., and 18 others in the National Capital Region (NCR), and in Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 5 ( Bicol ), 7 ( Central Visayas), and 8 ( Eastern Visayas) benefiting 1,373 workers who received a total of P72.5 million in monetary compensation.

DOLE Undersecretary Manuel G. Imson reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas that the labor dispute at Sanyo Philippines Inc., was settled after the two unions representing the monthly and daily paid employees agreed to accept separation pay benefits computed on their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and accrued leaves.

Citing a report from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Imson said labor and management at Sanyo also agreed that extra employees of the company who rendered service during the shutdown will also be paid their 13th month pay.

The parties also agreed that the payment of benefits would be made in the premises of the company with the presence of NCMB representatives, Imson said adding the agreement also stipulates that certificates of employment would be issued to all employees who would be separated. A tax refund would also be given to concerned employees.

Imson, added that about 126 monthly paid employees would receive more or less P17,457,468.16 in separation benefits while 251 daily paid employees would receive a total of P16,730,222.63.

At the Philippine Home Cable Holdings labor dispute, Imson said the contending parties executed an agreement stipulating, among others, that union members accept the offer of separation pay equivalent to 1.5 months salary per year of service plus accrued benefits. The union likewise agreed to withdraw the case it filed before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and other agencies. The resolution of the dispute benefited 113 workers who received some P22,820,000 in separation pay.

The other settled labor disputes were at the Gelmart Industries Phils., Inc., Consolidated Garment Corp., China International Water & Electric Corp., DCT Holdings Corp., New Shin Jim Corp., Manly Plastic Inc., Manila Jockey Club, Inc., BF Life Insurance Corp., Sarprime Estate Corp., and Zahnfabrik Phils., Inc., all in the National Capital Region.

Also settled were the labor disputes at Myrex Ethica Laboratories Inc. in Central Luzon, Albay Agro-Industrial Development Corp., in Bicol, Robins Home Depot Inc., Robina Farms Cebu , and PMI Colleges-Bohol in Central Visayas, and Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative and Leyte III Electric Cooperative in Eastern Visayas.

The resolution of the labor disputes underscored the need of labor and management to be reasonable in resolving their differences to prevent interferences of their company’s operations, Imson said adding this is essential in industrial peace which, in turn, ensures a stable climate for investors and other stakeholders.

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