Davao City – The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI panel of conciliators headed by Executive Director IV Reynaldo Ubaldo has settled the Notice of Strike at Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. on June 2, this year, with a total estimate of Php25 million economic benefits.

The panel was composed of Director Jay Jasper Jabines of RCMB-IVB; Director Maria Teresita Cancio of RCMB-III and this Branch’s OIC Director Ma. Theresa Francisco and Conciliator-Mediator Aerrine Marie Reyes.

Samahang Manggagawa sa Coca-Cola (SAMACOKE) filed the Notice of Strike on March 9, 2015 on the ground of unfair labor practice (ULP) against the management’s refusal to bargain.

The case was then docketed as RCMB-XI-DDS-NS-03-002-2015.

Amidst series of conciliation conference with both parties tough positions, the union conducted strike vote balloting on March 22, 2015.

On March 23, 2015, the union submitted to this Office the official strike vote ballot results which 127 out of members in favor of staging a strike.

SAMACOKE held peaceful demonstration and picketing outside the perimeter fence of the plant on April 28 and 29, but no operations were disrupted.

On April 29, 2015, NCMB Central Office conducted a national level conciliation conference where both parties are properly represented.

Ten out of 50 CBA items were initially agreed and settled during the May 27 conciliation proceedings.

On May 28 negotiations, 33 out of 40 unresolved CBA provisions were additionally agreed upon by both parties.

Dawn of June 2, 2015, after exerting earnest conciliation efforts that lasted for almost 18 hours of profound discussion and extensive CBA negotiation, parties finally agreed of the terms and conditions of the CBA through the signing of Memorandum of Agreement by parties.

These were provisions of the CBA which includes scope; job security; union rights; management prerogative; wages, retroactivity; guaranteed signing bonus, among others.

“This Office most importantly believed that employment and work relationship were preserved after struggling into several means of conciliation and mediation progressions,” OIC Francisco said.

“We are humbled with this accomplishment which is a fruit from hardship and dedicated service,” Francisco added.

Samahang Manggagawa sa Coca-Cola (SAMACOKE) has 180 rank-and-file members which represented by Mr. Alfredo Punay Jr., union president.

On the other hand, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines-Davao Plant engaged of largest public bottler of Coca-Cola products has 248 total employment. It is headed by Mr. Florencio Caballero, plant manager.# (Dennis M. Galorio, LIO)