DOLE reports 100% disposition rate on strikes

July 19, 2010 9:44 pm 

MANILA, July 19 — Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz has reported that the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) conciliators and mediators attained a 100 percent disposition rate by resolving four strikes which occurred between Jan. 1 and June 28, this year.

Baldoz, who assumed her duties as the country’s Labor and Employment chief recently, earlier called on its social partners to join hands with the government in broadening social dialogue, and in sustaining an atmosphere conducive to productivity, job-friendly investments, and industrial harmony.

“Our call to our social partners is in line with the 22-point agenda on labor and employment of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and is consistent with the Philippines’ new-found reputation as the industrial peace hub of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),” Baldoz said.

In its report, the NCMB said that total new notices of strike/lockout declined by 4 percent from 140 for the period Jan. 1-June 28, 2009 to 135 in the same period this year. During the period, preventive mediation cases decreased by 25 percent from 255 last year to 190 in 2010.

The board disposed 134 cases, with 116 of these successfully settled, out of a total 184 new and pending notices of strike/lockout filed during the period.

The cumulative economic benefits arising from the NCMB’s successful settlement of the bargaining deadlock cases reached P226.5 million, benefiting 2,266 workers, along with separation and restitution packages amounting to P6.9 million benefiting another 373 workers.

The NCMB further reported that cumulative monetary benefits resulting from the settlement of collective bargaining issues under preventive mediation reached P126 million, benefiting 1,640 workers, while cumulative separation and restitution packages amounting to P4.4 million were facilitated for 275 workers.

During the period, the board disposed 200 of 250 preventive mediation cases, achieving a total disposition rate of 80 percent.

Meanwhile, the board also successfully disposed 49 of 136 voluntary arbitration cases handled during the period, along with 436 of a total of 512 single entry approach cases, whose successful settlement resulted in a cumulative economic package of P7.3 million benefiting 419 workers.

All-in-all, the cumulative economic or monetary benefits resulting from the successful settlement of these cases reached some P371.1 million, benefiting 4,973 workers.

On labor-management cooperation (LMC) thrusts, NMCB reported that from Jan. 1 to June 28, 2010, it successfully facilitated 33 LMCs covering 5,529 workers in organized establishments, along with 39 LMCs covering 7,183 workers in unorganized establishments.

Moreover, it enhanced 343 LMCs covering 3,046 workers in organized firms, along with another 142 LMCs with 2,315 workers in unorganized ones.

Since January, the board also strengthened the avenues for industrial harmony through the operationalization of 59 grievance machineries, while enhancing 209 others, in organized establishments. In unorganized establishments, on the other hand, it institutionalized 41 grievance machineries and enhanced 114 others.

The efforts placed the total number of active grievance machineries in the country’s industries at 1,912 as of June 28 –- 1,280 of them in organized establishments, and 632 others in unorganized ones. (PNA) scs/PR/ogi

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