DOLE sustains 89% disposition rate on preventive mediation cases

February 16, 2011 12:05 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 15 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that it has sustained the 89 percent settlement rate of Preventive Mediation (PM) cases filed before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) in 2010.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, citing a report of NCMB executive director Reynaldo Ubaldo, said the Board disposed 425 of 476 cases, filed by various companies nationwide. Most of these companies were in the manufacturing industry.

Of the 476 PM cases, 416 were filed in 2010, while the 60 others were carry-over from 2009.

"The settlement rate indicates our consistency in addressing cases being sent to us and how our people, particularly our conciliator-mediators, act readily on these cases," Baldoz said, adding that the 89 percent disposition rate was similar to the rate posted in 2009.

Undersecretary for Labor Relations Hans Leo J. Cacdac, meanwhile, said that of the 416 cases filed last year, 366 raised unfair labor practice issues; 40 others relate on deadlock in collective bargaining; and one raised both issues.

He noted from the report that independent unions accounted for 221, or 53 percent, of the 416 cases filed in 2010, while the federations filed 195 or 47 percent.

"Apart from the encouraging disposition rate, we have also registered higher on the settlement rate compared to the preceding year," Cacdac said, noting the amicable resolution of 399 cases representing 84 percent settlement rate, or three percentage points higher than the figure in 2009.

The NCMB also reported that cumulative monetary benefits resulting from the settlement of collective bargaining deadlocks were computed at P1.2 billion, benefitting 4,357 workers. On the other hand, cumulative separation and restitution packages amounting to P300 million were also facilitated for 2,897 workers.

Preventive mediation is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism resorted to by NCMB conciliators-mediators to effect settlement of labor disputes in lieu of notice of strike. (PNA)



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