The brewing labor dispute at DCT Holdings and Motor Services Corporation involving CBA deadlock was settled through conciliation-mediation on November 10, 2015, Director Estrella B. Rosal said recently.

“The 30 employees stand to benefit from the said settlement which is estimated at Php 1.3 Million covering the CBA period January 16, 2015 to January 15, 2018, “Rosal added.

DCT Workers Union, filed a Notice of Strike against the company on August 11, 2015 on the ground of bargaining deadlock on economic issues.  The issues include but not limited to wage increase for the years 2015, 2016 & 2017, medical benefits, bereavement leave, life & accident insurance, funeral expense, vacation and sick leave, signing bonus, emergency loan, rice subsidy, union office, separation, disability and retirement, union cooperative and loyalty award in lieu of seniority.

From its filing, several conferences were conducted by Con-Med Helena R. Flores but the parties remained firm on their stand.  The main issue that needs to be harmonized then was the issue about medical benefits. Union complained that compared to them, receiving only Php 5, 000.00 as hospitalization benefits; employees in the services department can enjoy HMO (check-up, lab tests, and hospitalization), Hence, the union decided to conduct a strike vote referendum where 28 out of the 30 union members voted ‘YES’ for a strike on October 8, 2015.

The union did not submit the result of strike vote referendum.

On November 10, 2015, almost exactly three (3) months from the filing of said notice of strike, the parties mutually agreed to settle the afore-stated issue.

The parties agreed to wage increases of Php 10.00/employee/day for the year 2015 and Php 8.00/employee/day for the year 2016 up to 2017.  The salary increase is retroactive January 16, 2015.

The management also agreed to grant rice allowance of Php 300.00/employee/quarter, vacation/sick leave of 12 days/year/employee which are all convertible into cash if not used and an optional retirement benefit on a first come-first served basis of up to 5 employees per year based on length of service, to wit: 2 to 5 years of service – 7 days/year of service; 5 to 10 years – 18 days/year of service; and 10 years above – 26 days/year of service.

The management likewise grants medical benefits of Php 50,000.00 per employee whose ailment requires hospitalization plus the CBA medical benefit of Php 9, 000.00 from the previous Php 5, 000.00 and medical check-up/laboratory tests chargeable against management.

In addition, management agreed to grant a signing bonus of Php 4,500.00 per covered employee, which shall be given upon the signing of the CBA.

An off-the record agreement of a lump-sum amount of Php 30, 000.00 will also be given to the union upon the organization of labor-management council.

Rosal lauded Flores for her efforts in discussing the issues to both parties.  She added that, our patience to resolve the dispute, as in the case of Con-Med Flores, was once again once again put to test by the parties.

Affiliated with LAGMAN, DCT Workers Union has 30 rank-and-file members.

DCT Holdings and Motor Services Corp. is a company engaged in car service and repair. – Renato R. Cañutal, LIO, RCMB-NCR