The FILAIRCO Incorporated and FILAIRCO Power Union- LIKHA have ended bargaining deadlock and concluded negotiations of their collective bargaining agreement, Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board- NCR Director Edgar G. Aquino reported.

The union filed a Notice of Strike against management on 30 March 2015 on the account of bargaining deadlock with issues such as, but not limited to wage increase, sick leave conversion and other allowances.

Director Aquino lauded Conciliator-Mediator Estelita Bautista’s proficiency in handling the case which led to its immediate settlement on 28 April 2015, with only three conciliation conferences conducted.

The renegotiated CBA which will benefit a total of 94 union members, has an estimated economic package amounting to P6.3M. It includes wage increases amounting to P1,400 on the 1st year and P1,300 on the 2nd year; monetary conversion of sick leaves; and a P3,000 signing bonus for some 22  union members;

“Aside from the vast efforts of Con-Med Bautista, the sincerity of both parties to maintain their pleasant relationship was also a huge factor in concluding their negotiations”, Dir. Aquino said.

Mr. Ariel Cruz, union president, and Mr. Angel Senorin, LIKHA representative, expressed appreciation to NCMB administration and to the management of FILAIRCO for the speedy negotiation.

“Bagama’t kami ay hindi agarang nagkasundo sa aming paunang negosasyon, hindi nangngahulugang ang aming relasyon sa management ay may lamat na, may mga panahon lang talaga na tayo ay nangangailangan ng gabay ng ibang partido. Nagpapasalamat kami sa tulong at gabay ng NCMB at ni Con-Med Bautista. Kami din ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa management dahil naintindihan nila ang sitwasyon naming mga empleyado. Nagpapasalamat kami dahil hindi naging pahirap sa aming lahat ang negosasyong ito.” Mr. Cruz stated.

Likewise, Mr. Rhogie Feliciano, HR Manager of FILAIRCO stated his gratefulness to the union and its federation for being very cooperative.

“I am very thankful that we have reached settlement in less than a month. We had a very efficient and effective negotiation. We just proved that cooperation and common understanding is the key to reaching a common goal”, Mr. Feliciano said.

FILAIRCO Incorporated, formerly known as TRANE PHILIPPINES, located at Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City, is an industrial company engaged in importing and installing air condition units. It employs an approximate of 113 employees. // Joan Esther O. Mabilangan