NCMB-RBXI Averts Strike of one of the Bottler Companies in the Philippines


The Notice of Strike filed by Pepsi Cola Employees and Workers Union (PEWU)-Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage and Allied Industry Unions-Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (FCCU-SENTRO) was finally settled on January 11, 2017, OIC/Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco announced today.

The union filed a Notice of Strike on November 29, 2016 for collective bargaining deadlock which include both political and economic issues.  This case made parties to attend to series of and marathon conciliation conferences.

However, on December 20, 2016, the Union submitted to the branch Strike Vote Result it conducted on December 11, 2016 at the plant site with 109 who voted yes out of 138 total union members.

Despite from the result, an exploratory conference was set by this Office on December 29, 2016 to determine whether parties are ready to come up with an amicable settlement/agreement by examining each other’s position of the economic issues.

Citing from the report of OIC/Dir. Ma. Theresa M. Francisco, both parties finally reached an amicable settlement through the two-day marathon conciliation conferences held on January 5 & 6, 2017.  They also agreed to incorporate their agreement into their 2016-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

That is, they agreed a salary increase of P700.00 per month effective January 1, 2017,  P800.00 every month effective July 1, 2017 and P1,200.00 every month on July 1, 2018 for a total amount of P2,700.00.

The parties also agreed on CBA lump sum of P24,000.00 per union member from the period July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Likewise, management shall provide a special assessment of P2,600.00 per union member.

Further, the Agreement includes rice subsidy of 25 kilos per month to each regular employee within the bargaining unit.

Other economic provisions agreed were per diem, educational shares purchase loan, calamity loan, bereavement assistance, labor education subsidy and other benefits.

The three-year CBA package reached an estimated monetary benefit of 13 Million benefitting 110 union members.

In addition, parties agreed to amend or enhance non-economic provisions of their CBA.

Part of it is a maximum of two hundred forty (240) days of union leave which shall be granted to Union officers and members collectively each CBA year.

This case was facilitated by Conciliator-mediator Aerrine Marie Reyes and OIC/Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco.

Pepsi-Cola Philippines, Inc. (PPCPI) is the exclusive bottler of Pepsi Beverages in the Philippines.  It manufactures and sells colas such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting and Premier.  It has established manufacturing facilities across the country, serving at least 500,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network.  PPCPI is represented by Mr. Gerald Ian E. Conlu, General Manager.

The Union, Pepsi Cola Employees and Workers Union (PEWU) represents for collective bargaining unit for 138 rank and file employees of PPCPI headed by Mr. Marlon Balangauan, Union President.  Sheila A. Rivera