NCMB Settles Notice of Strike Case on the Issue of Collective Bargaining Deadlock

Another Notice of Strike was successfully settled by NCMB-RBXI with the support of NCMB Administrator Shirley M. Pascual and RCMB IX Director Reynaldo Foncardas on January 13, 2017.

Musahamat Workers Labor Union II, affiliated with National Federation of Labor Union-Kilusang Mayo Uno filed a Notice of Strike for collective bargaining deadlock that involves seven (7) Articles with twenty one (21) sections.

On December 20, 2016, the union submitted a strike vote result they conducted at Pantukan, Compostela Valley with 152 members who voted yes out of 241 total union members.

On December 27, 2016 and January 6, 2017, both parties were able to come up with mutually acceptable terms of settlement on some articles on economic issues.

Further, on January 9, 2017, parties were able to agree another five (5) deadlock items such as the hospitalization, medical trust fund, death aid, provision of union office and conversion of unused vacation and sick leaves upon retirement or separation due to severe illness or disability.

Finally, on January 13, 2017, parties agreed to settle the remaining issues.

Parties agreed with a uniform wage increase of P5.50 daily for the three-year period of their CBA.

Moreover, management will regularize 13 probationary workers who passed the performance evaluation conducted by Technical Working Group XI.

The three-year CBA package amounted to more or less of 9.51 Million benefitting 241 regular union members of the bargaining unit.

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

Musahamat Workers Labor Union II is affiliated with NAFLU-KMU and represents for collective bargaining purposes the two hundred fifty (250) rank-and-file employees headed by its Union President Mr. Esperidion Cabaltera.

Musahamat Farms, Inc. is engaged in the growing and marketing of fresh cavendish bananas.  It is represented by its General Manager, Mr. Ibrahim Hamdy Nawwar.  It has five hundred (500) total workforce.