NCMB-RBXI Settles Notice of Strike at Holy Cross of Davao College

 

The Notice of Strike filed by Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno was finally settled on April 19, 2017, OIC/Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes announced today.

The union filed a Notice of Strike on March 22, 2016 for collective bargaining deadlock particularly on longevity pay and COLA and other economic issues such as agency fees of faculty with special assignment, faculty on leave without pay, salary increase, etc.

Holy Cross of Davao College and Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-ADLO-KMU discussed their positions on the longevity and COLA issues.  After series of and joint meetings, parties agreed that the reckoning period on the grant of longevity pay shall start in 1997 onwards and that the said longevity was fully implemented as cumulative and incorporated in the basic pay starting 1997 until 2009.

However, on April 4, 2017, the union conducted strike vote and submitted the result on April 5, 2017 with 80 yes out of 139 total union members.

Citing from the report of Con-med Oliver Jao, management also presented three (3) examples of retirement pay computation as requested by the union during the March 29, 2017 conciliation to show proof of compliance of the longevity pay.  After the presentation, the parties agreed on the issue of longevity except for the issue on whether it shall be included in the computation of 13th month and retirement pay as well as the issue on reckoning period for the longevity adjustment.

On April 7, 2017, parties agreed that the longevity pay shall be included in the computation of 13th month pay and the retirement pay which shall start in the school year 2010-2011.

After series of conciliation conferences, suggestions and proposals from this office and discussions between parties, parties finally agreed on COLA of P450.00 for the school year 2012-2013 onwards.  This shall be payable within two (2) months from the signing of the final agreement, P15.00 meal allowance shall be renamed as COLA and shall be included in the computation of 13th month pay and retirement pay.

Another agreement was death assistance of P10,000.00 for member and P7,500.00 for immediate family.

Other economic provisions were also agreed such as hospitalization and medical assistance, rice allowance, educational upliftment program and other economic benefits.  Total monetary benefit is estimated at P5,200,000.00.

This case was facilitated by Conciliator-mediator Oliver C. Jao.

Holy Cross of Davao College is an educational institution presently supervised by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao City with principal place of business at Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City.  It has a total employment of four hundred five and represented by Ma. Iris A. Melliza, EdD, Chairperson, Management Panel.

The Union, Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union-ADLO-KMU is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of one hundred thirty eight (138) faculty members. It is represented by its President, Socrates Ruel D. Luayon.  Sheila A. Rivera