Leslie Corporation management and the company’s rank-and-file union — the Bisig ng Pagkakaisa sa Leslie Corporation–Independent — recently signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) covering more than 146 rank-and-file employees of the snack food company.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was signed last February 18, 2022. Under the new CBA, Leslie Corporation’s rank-and-file employees will be entitled to the following:

  1. annual salary increases for five years (1st year – Php 30.00, 2nd year – 28.00, 3rd year 27.00, 4th year – 30.00, 5th year – 26.00),
  2. rice allowance of Php 2,500.00 per two months or Php 1,250.00 per month,
  3. signing bonus of Php 17,000.00, and financial assistance of Php 3,000.00 for the pandemic (one-time non-recurring for CBA signing),
  4. additional holiday of Black Saturday (Regular Holiday),
  5. additional union leave of 12 days annually including the visit of union officers/President to the three factory manufacturing plants (San Pedro, Laguna, Parañaque and Calamba, Calamba) shall be scheduled quarterly in coordination with the management,
  6. group insurance coverage of Php 60,000.00,
  7. union’ office improvement on provision of 1 computer and printer,
  8. employees less than 1 year old in service shall receive all CBA benefits except for wage increase in the first-year cycle,
  9. annual outpatient benefit of Php 9,000.00 for hospitalization, medical and dental,
  10. conversion of budget for company outing to food products during pandemic,
  11. entitlement of food package for new regularized employees as of 30 April and 30 November,
  12. Uniform in coordination with DOLE OSH, and
  13. Retirement policy subject to the sound discretion of the President as practiced but not a CBA item.

This is another peaceful conclusion of a CBA with the rank-and-file union after shuttle conferences. The five-year CBA will be effective from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2026.

Regional Branch Director Jay Jasper B. Javines and Conciliator-Mediator Ma. Rose S. Mandap congratulated the negotiating panel of both parties for successfully concluding the CBA. They also thanked HR Director Raul Ramirez and Union President David V. Arrojo assisted by their adviser VA Tom Semana and the union for keeping the interest of the company in mind during the negotiations, and for maintaining a fair assessment of the company’s current business situation.

Mr. Arrojo assured Management that the union will continue to be an active partner in driving Leslie Corporation toward business growth and customer service excellence. He thanked the Management of Leslie Corporation for continuing to promote the well-being of employees despite constraints brought on by the pandemic and the revisions to the CBA. The rank-and-file union committed to fully support the company so it can sustain the delivery of quality service to its customers.

-Ferdinand M. Hernaez