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Davao City. The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI settled the brewing labor dispute between parties NEH Workers and employer MEDC-MSIA Employees Development Cooperative/Nader Ebrahim S/O Hassan Phils., Inc.

The parties agreed to settle their conflict by a Compromise Agreement they mutually agreed and signed on April 18, this year, through the unwavering support of OIC Director Jason Balais of DOLE-ROXI.

Salient feature of the Compromise Agreement is the immediate return of the packers and harvesters for work and the full payment of unpaid overtime premium due to them amounting to Php1.3 million.

This Office validated on April 17 the earlier reports that some workers of NEH Phils., Inc. Farms staged a picket and did not report to work.

Unfortunately, this Office found out per actual site visit, 30 employees were truly staged demonstration in front of the company premises wearing red t-shirts and head bands demanding for the immediate payment for overtime premiums and security of tenure.

On April 18, a conciliation-mediation conference was facilitated by OIC Francisco and OIC Balais.

“With the guidance of the NCMB Administrator Reynaldo Ubaldo, and the strong proactive intervention and dedication of this Office to assist the parties resolved their conflict, this labor dispute finally settled, business and employment were back to normal,” Francisco said.

With more or less 136 affected rank and file union members, NEH workers were represented by Mr. Joel Virador, Vice President, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) for Southern Mindanao with business address located at Rizal St., Davao City.

Meanwhile, representing employer MEDC-MSIA Employees Development Cooperative is Mr. Avelino Hermoso, and Ms. Jojie Delos Santos, NEH HR Head. Nader and Ebrahim S/O Phils., Inc. was engaged in banana packing for export and is located at Pantaron, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.#dmg1