The Branch conducted another online seminar on Workplace Cooperation and Partnership Programs on March 23, 2021 via Zoom.

The management and the employee’s representatives of See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation (SIFMC) participated in this seminar.

Both management and the employees in attendance had overall positive feedback for the seminar. One participant quoted “The seminar went very well and I am very happy with the outcome!” The management of SIFMC also expressed their gratitude as they believe that the information provided by the seminar would be beneficial for their company. Another participant liked the Grievance Machinery (GM) and Voluntary Arbitration (VA).

The seminar-proper started with an overview of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and their functions. Then, Labor Employment Officer III Sheila Rivera discussed one of the Board’s main program which is the Labor Management Cooperation (LMC). “The LMC encourages partnership between workers and management to share a common interest in the success and growth of the enterprise. Moreover, it is a continuing process of enhancing mutual trust and respect through (a) information–sharing, (b) discussion, (c) consultation, and (d) negotiations.” Rivera explained the conceptual framework of LMC.

The second part of the seminar was a lecture on Grievance Machinery and Voluntary Arbitration as one of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. “The Grievance Machinery is a mechanism established for the adjustment and resolution of grievances. Grievances is defined as any difference or dispute between an employee or the union, and the employer with respect to the interpretation, application, or compliance with any terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the company rules and regulations.” Senior Labor Employment Officer Cary Jun Montero clarified.

“On the other hand, Voluntary Arbitration is the terminal step of an issue that was not resolved by GM by which parties select an accredited Voluntary Arbitrator who shall decide on the merits of the case and whose decision is final, executory and binding.” Montero continued.

See’s International Food Manufacturing Corporation engages in the manufacturing of banana chips. It is located at Km. 22, Budbud, Bunawan, Davao City. SIFMC employs 63 male workers and 61 female employees. The company is led by its President, Mr. Ruben See. Gary B. Bonghanoy