Before the crack of dawn, at 1:27 AM of January 13, 2022, the Samahang Manggagawa sa Coca-Cola-FCCU SAMACOKE-FCCU) secured a bountiful benefit for their union members estimated at 31,706,800.00 pesos upon the successful facilitation of the Branch of the Notice of Strike filed by the Union.

SAMACOKE-FCCU filed a Notice of Strike against Coca Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) for Collective Bargaining Deadlock last November 16, 2021.

On a three-day initial conference for validating the issues, the Union declared thirty-six (36) political items as deadlock during plant-level negotiations while the management counter-proposed on four items. The Union further declared thirty-five (35) economic items as deadlock while the management counter-proposed on two items. Moreover, the Management proposed that some items be dropped and deferred for discussion until conclusion of the political provisions.

During these three-day conference, Regional Branch Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes facilitated the conciliation and mediation of both parties and utilized joint and separate meetings to reach the heart of the negotiations. As such, 13 items were immediately resolved and six more items were dropped.

With at least 42 items still on deadlock, the Union conducted strike vote balloting on December 13, 2021 and submitted the official results to the Branch. This provided the union a strike ban until December 23, 2021.

Even with the holiday season around, sensing the critical situation, Reyes conducted a five-day series of marathon conciliation conferences in December through zoom meetings with the fervent effort to assist the parties in arriving at a mutually

acceptable terms of settlement. This was followed by another five-day conference in January 2022.

On January 12, 2022, the parties started a conference at 10 AM and lasted until 1:27 AM of January 13, 2022, wherein both parties concluded their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiation and reached a settlement agreement.

To show their appreciation for the settlement of this case, the Union extended a message of thanks towards NCMB Davao Region and Director Reyes for their dedication and untiring facilitation.

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. is primarily engaged in soft drink manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. Its principal office is at McArthur Highway, Ulas, Davao City. It has 500 employees, of which 440 are male workers and 60 female employees. The company is managed by Mr. Eric Tinga. For this case, the company was represented by its Human Resource Manager, Ms. Joanne Caspillo.

SAMACOKE-FCCU is a legitimate labor organization located at McArthur Highway, Ulas, Davao City and affiliated with the Federation and Cooperation of Cola Beverage and Allied Industry Union. The Union has 237 male members and 21 female members. It is represented by its local President, Mr. Reynaldo Arduo, and the federation representative, Mr. Rodel Abenoja. Gary B. Bonghanoy