NCMB-RBXI Resolves Bargaining Deadlock at LBC


NCMB-RBXI settles Preventive Mediation and Notice of Strike cases on the ground of bargaining deadlock at LBC Express-SEM, Inc., Conciliator-Mediator Oliver C. Jao announced today.

On May 8, 2017, the company filed a Preventive Mediation case on the ground of bargaining deadlock.

On May 10, 2017, LBC Davao Employees Union-ADLO-KMU filed a Notice of Strike on the same ground.

On May 16, 2017, Con-med Jao validated the issues through an initial conciliation conference. These were scope of bargaining unit, union security, salary increase, retirement/gratuity pay, leaves (SL, VL, Birthday), Christmas bonus, rice allowance, hazard pay, signing bonus, uniform allowance, educational allowance, meeting allowance and union leave.

Hence, the branch proposed to the parties to trim down the issues to expedite the proceedings.  The Union then identified the major issues as scope of bargaining unit, union security, salary increase, rice allowance and retirement/gratuity pay.

On May 30, 2017, the union submitted the strike vote report with 90 who voted for yes out 104 total members.

The branch conducted a marathon conciliation conference on May 30 and 31, 2017.

On May 30, 2017, management offered a wage increase of 3% for the first year, 3% for the second year and 3.5% for the third year.  Other proposed items were hazard pay, rice allowance and retirement.

On May 31, 2017, management increased its offer of salary increase to 4% for the first, second and third year.

There were series of conciliation conferences conducted by Con-med Jao that helped resolve the issues.

After several separate and joint meetings, discussions, negotiations of both parties and with the untiring efforts of Con-med Jao and OIC-Dir. Reyes, parties finally came up with an agreement on July 28, 2017.

On the economic provisions, parties finally agreed for wage increase of P17.00 effective September 1, 2017, P18.00 effective September 1, 2017 and P18.00 effective September 1, 2018.

Other economic provisions agreed were rice allowance, retirement, educational allowance, uniform allowance, vacation leave, sick leave, emergency leave, birthday leave, birthday gift, paternity leave, Christmas bonus, Christmas package and hazard pay.

The LBC Express-SEM, Inc. is a corporation engaged in cargo forwarding and money remittance.  Its corporate office is located as DR Mezzanine Floor, C.M. Recto Avenue, Davao City.  It is represented by Ms. Lady Dianne D. Mallari, Area Manager and Mr. Cesar Atibagos, Jr., Regional Vice President-Mindanao.  It has one hundred eighty (180) total workforce.

The Union, LBC Davao Employees Union, is the certified sole and exclusive bargaining agent to represent the rank-and-file employees for collective bargaining purposes represented by Mr. Jeremy E. Culiao, Union President.  It is affiliated with Association of Democratic Labor Organization-Kilusang Mayo Uno.