The Branch conducted its first online seminar on Workplace Cooperation and Partnership Programs in 2021 last February 24 via zoom at Daba-Daba Manpower Services Inc.

The Branch explained the conceptual of Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) and Grievance Machinery (GM). Labor Management Cooperation is one of the main programs of NCMB. LMC is a state of relations where labor and management work hand in hand to accomplish certain goals using mutually acceptable means. It also helps workers and management to work together to be productive, produce quality outputs, grow and develop, to have a common understanding and maintain stable relations, and to achieve common goals.

Supervising Labor Employment Officer Nancy L. Lasquite, resource speaker of LMC, explained that workers and management need to cooperate with one another as they are social partners sharing a common interest in the success and growth of the enterprise. “LMC is a continuing process of enhancing mutual trust and respect. Thus, it is critical that workers and the management engage in (a) information–sharing, (b) discussion, (c) consultation, and (d) negotiations. These practices empower workers’ participation in the decision-making process.” Lasquite elucidated.

The second part of the seminar was a discussion on the Grievance Machinery program. “Most conflicts and disputes in the workplace are usually in the forms of Grievance.” Mr. Cary Jun P. Montero, Senior Labor Employment Officer explained. A “Grievance” is 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 CBA and the company rules and regulations.

Montero expounded that rather than an endless wagging of tongues in discussing problems, a structured talk and procedure in the workplace, will be more productive in settling Grievances.

In line with this, Grievance Machinery is one of the main programs of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board to address grievances in the workplace. GM follows a series of formal steps that parties to a collective bargaining agreement or workers and management agreed to take for the adjustment of grievances including voluntary arbitration as the terminal step.

Daba-Daba Manpower Services Inc. is a manpower services provider headed by its General Manager, Atty. Nathalie B. Quiñones. It is primarily located in Dasuseco Compound, Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur. It employs 194 male workers and 91 female employees.  Gary B. Bonghanoy