Davao City – Through conciliation-mediation, labor dispute between parties PP92 Workers Union and Sumifru (Phils.) Corp. Packing Plant 92 was settled here at the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch 11 on August 6, 2015.

According to OIC-Director Ma. Theresa Francisco who facilitated the early resolution of the case: “Through the parties’ perseverance and patience in extracting the documents as proof of claim of unpaid benefits, this instant PM case was finally settled.”

On May 7, 2015, the Union filed a preventive mediation case against Sumifru (Phils.) Corp. PP92 on the ground of unfair labor practice, particularly nonpayment of backwages and service incentive leave (SIL) for 2014.

The case was then docketed as RCMB-XI-CVP-PM-05-004-2015.

The issues raised by the Union pertains to the claims of 82 workers regarding their SIL for January 1 to June 30, 2014; backwages of 77 workers at Php11.00 per day for June 1 to July 2, 2014; and missing salaries of no employee code.

Management manifested that it was faults by previous manpower contractor of Sumifru (Phils.) Corp., Jamero Manpower Services and stressed that the company has ended its contracting services on May 31, 2014.

Though they are willing to amicably settle this case, they still need ample time to validate complaints and they will find all possible legal remedies to compel the contractor/service provider to pay its legal obligations to the affected workers.

To fast track the release of claims, Union members also exerted much effort to secure and provide necessary documents and submitted the same to the legal department of the company which include the attendance sheets for unpaid wages for March 29 to April 30, 2014; SIL computation with attendance sheets of 82 affected workers for April to May 2014; unsigned certification from Engr. Jesus Jamero for said backwages and unpaid SIL; and another summary computation of backwages amounting to Php37,489.10 (for union members) and Php25,715.25 (for non-union members) with a total of 77 affected workers.

With the foregoing, this instant preventive mediation case is deemed settled and closed.

PP92 Workers Union, affiliated with National Federation of Labor Union-Kilusang Mayo Uno (NAFLU-KMU), represents 83 rank-and-file employees was spearheaded by Ms. Sylvia Lumiguid, union president.

Meanwhile, Sumifru (Phils.) Corp. Packing Plant 92, engaged in banana packing for export, is located at Valencia 2, New Alegria, Compostela, Compostela Valley Province. It has 130 total workforce, now under the supervision of Mobasco Manpower Services represented by Mr. Deogracias Mocam, MSD/IRD department head.# (Dennis M. Galorio, LIO)