The Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Davao Sugar Central Co (NM-DASUCECO), a Union of Sugar Milling Workers, is set to receive a total of 765,000 pesos this November upon settlement of their preventive mediation case and to the management good will to provide COVID assistance.

The Union filed two preventive mediation case to the Regional Branch last September 21, 2020 with the first case pertaining to illegal suspension of a Union employee and the second case on the issue of unfair labor practices and refusal to bargain pertaining their expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Upon several weeks of separate and joint conciliation-mediation conferences, both parties reached a resolution last November 6, 2020. The latter case was resolved in mutual agreement of a moratorium of one year. In addition, instead of a wage increase for this year, both the Union and the management agreed that a lump-sum amount of 5,000 pesos will be given to 153 employees and union-members of DASUCECO, amounting to 765,000 pesos.

“These are difficult times. I appreciate that both parties adjusted their positions and came up with a mutually acceptable settlement. Moreover, it is commendable that both parties are working hard to keep the business afloat and that so far, no employees were retrenched due to the decline in the business caused by the pandemic” expressed OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes. 

The other preventive mediation case filed by Union was also resolved with a lighter penalty for the offending union-member from 14 days of suspension to six days benefitting him 3,500 pesos worth of salary.

In one of the conciliation meetings, DASUCECO management appreciated the importance of NCMB in mediating their cases upon signifying that without the Branch, they would have significantly increased difficulty in reaching a resolution with the Union at the plant-level on their own.

DASUCECO is engaged in sugar milling with principal office address at Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.  It employs 149 male worker and 4 female employees. They are led by its executive vice president, Mr. Constancio B. Galinato.

The Union, Nagkahiusang Mamumuo Sa DASUCECO, is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the rank-and-file employees and is affiliated with the National Federation of Labor (NFL) located at DASUCECO Compound, Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.  It has a total membership of 153 and is headed by its union president, Mr. Nicolas C. Ferraina. Gary B. Bonghanoy