Press Release

 

NCMB-RBXI SETTLES WILDCAT STRIKE AT SUMIFRU/PACKING PLANT 115 IN 13 HOURS

On April 18, 2017, at around 10:30 in the morning, 133 workers of MOBASCO Multi-purpose Cooperative deployed at Sumifru Philippines Corp.-Packing Plant No. 115 at Maparat, Compostela Valley Province barricaded the ingress and egress of the packing plant, OIC-Director Reyes informed today. 

Despite the fact that workers of PP115 filed only the preventive mediation case with NCMB-RBXI, it staged the concerted action.  Four unions staged a sympathy strike:  1.) PP 92 Workers Union; 2.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm; 3.) SUMIFRU Field Workers Union and 4.) Packing Plant 340 Workers Union.  Another  four unions also launched a slowdown strike:  1.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Osmeña San Miguel; 2.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa San Jose;  3.) Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Pilar-Mangayo and 4.) San Miguel Workers Union.

On January 20, 2017, the union president Elizar L. Diayon filed a preventive mediation case against the management for unfair labor practice particularly on piece rate to hourly rate and backwages.

On January 30, 2017, it was validated that the issue is in relation to the mode of payment (wage scheme) through piece rate which the union Maparat and Montevista Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU charged management for violating the labor standard due to underpayment of wages and payment of back wages.

NCMB-RBXI called the parties for several conciliation conferences on February 24, 2017, March 2, 2017 and on April 7, 2017, but parties failed to reach settlement. 

Likewise, OIC/Dir. Reyes scheduled a conciliation conference on April 24, 2017.  However, on April 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM, 133 workers of MOBASCO Multi-Purpose Cooperative barricaded the ingress and egress of the packing plant. 

Hence, OIC-Director Reyes conducted a marathon of conciliation for the early settlement of the issue.     

The picket line was lifted at exactly 12:30 in the morning on April 19, 2017.  The company operations were then resumed to normal.  The concerted action lasted for 13 hours, Reyes further announced. 

As a result of the conciliation, all parties came to a mutual agreement.  The wage scheme of workers in PP-115 will be based on hourly rate effective April 24, 2017 open-payroll.  Another agreement was that the harvesters shall be paid based on 8-hour scheme pursuant to the Labor Code of the Philippines with the supervision of harvesting supervisors or of MOBASCO.  Moreover, the individual workers are allowed to withdraw their membership from MOBASCO effective immediately. 

The union then agrees to lift the picket line/strike, clean and remove the posted placards and streamers at PP-115 premises immediately. 

Packing Plant 115/SUMIFRU located at Purok 6-A, Maparat, Compostela Compostela Valley Province is engaged in banana packing with 130 total employees.

Montevista Banana Services Cooperative (MOBASCO) is an independent contractor registered in the Department of Labor and Employment.  It started its operation in March 201 as a service provider and has a contract with SUMIFRU.

PP115 Workers Union affiliated with NAFLU-KMU is registered with DOLE with 42 union members represented by its President Elizar L. Diayon. The union members are currently under MOBASCO and are assigned at Packing Plant 115.   Sheila A. Rivera