DOLE awards P3.7B to 24,000 workers in settled cases

February 14, 2011 12:58 am 

MANILA, Feb. 13 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has reported the expeditious settlement of labor disputes in 2010 with the granting of over P3.7 billion in collective bargaining benefits and other monetary gains to at least 24,000 workers.

Citing a report of National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the NCMB disposed of 1,719 cases in 2010.

"Alternative dispute resolution is beneficial not only in resolving disputing parties to avoid contentious settlement, but also in facilitating speedy, yet impartial, delivery of labor justice, which is indispensable in promoting industrial peace and workers' productivity," she said.

Aside from expressing satisfaction at the overall positive settlement rate, Baldoz also lauded the expeditious action of NCMB in resolving labor dispute cases.

Ubaldo said high settlement rates in 2010 significantly yielded lower cases of actual strikes or lockouts.

"NCR accounts for the bulk of cases with 143 (34 percent) of filed PM cases, and half of the newly filed notices of strike/lockout cases," she said.

Ubaldo said increased operation of Labor Management Cooperations (LMC) and Grievance Machineries (GM) in companies helped resolving disputes through its promotion of good labor-management relations. (PNA)

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