BUKIDNON – Atty. Ligaya R. Lumbay, Director II of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Branch 10 proclaimed the settlement on 6 August 2018 of the actual strike filed by Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. Labor Union – Association Labor Unions – TUCP (VRILU – ALU-TUCP) against Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. (VRI).
The actual strike which was declared on 25 July 2018 was successfully settled through team conciliation – mediation process benefiting 192 rank and file employees with an estimated economic package of P2.86 Million.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022 provides for the following wage increases: on the first, second and third year, employees who are 10 years and below will receive ₱5.00 as Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and those who are 10 years and above will receive ₱8.00 as COLA. These wage increases are on top of any wage increases to be determined by the office of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 10 thru wage orders. Unused vacation and sick leave benefits are also convertible to cash and payable every 15th day of January of the following year.
Moreover, the company agreed to grant an optional retirement for employees who are 10 years and above computed at 18 days per year of service.
Mr. Bobby E. Panilag, Union President filed a Preventive Mediation on 4 April 2018 on the ground of CBA Deadlock on Twenty-Five (25) economic benefits. Due to the different positions of the parties, the case materialized into a Notice of Strike on 15 May 2018.
VRI Plant Manager, Mr. Noriyuki Onishi manifested that the demands of the union are impossible considering that the company encountered losses in the previous years. But he offered a performance-based incentive bonus.
The Branch conducted series of conciliation – mediation conferences exhausting all available venues in order to arrive at a settlement. This settlement was achieved through the assistance of DOLE Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao.
Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing of vulcanized rubber footwear such as rubber boots and jikataba shoes for export. The company is located in Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.