The Regional Conciliation  and Mediation Branch – National Capital Region (RCMB-NCR) has averted the potential strike involving some 312 members of the Maynilad Water Supervisors Association (MWSA),  NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo R. Ubaldo said today.

 

Citing reports from RCMB NCR Director Edgar G. Aquino, Ubaldo said the parties agreed to settle on March 13, 2015,  ending two months of negotiations for the remaining two years of their CBA.

The dispute started on January 8, 2015 when the union filed a notice of strike due to bargaining deadlock.

“On February 6, 2015, the parties agreed to continue their negotiations at the plant level despite the union’s refusal to drop the notice of strike,” Ubaldo, citing reports from Aquino, said.

“The union, however, agreed to suspend the 30-day cooling-off period to ensure that no action will be done to aggravate the situation,” he added.
Despite transferring the negotiations at the plant level, the parties agreed to consult Conciliator-Mediator Paciano L. Murro, Jr., the officer handling the case.

Side meetings conducted by Murro resulted in the crafting of a mutually acceptable solution to the dispute.  On March 13, 2015, the parties executed before Murro an agreement containing the economic items granted and other related provisions.

“Maynilad agreed to a monthly wage increase of P2,500 during the 4th and 5th years of the CBA,” Ubaldo disclosed.

“Each union member will also receive P50,000 as lump sum payment and another P50,000 as signing bonus,” he added.

The company further agreed to grant the union P50,000 per year as labor education subsidy, and to a P30,000 limit on the calamity and bereavement loan.

Ubaldo praised the parties for keeping an open mind during the negotiations. “The parties’ willingness to listen and their receptiveness to the suggestions played a big role in the efforts of the conciliator to look for ways to resolve the impasse,” he said.

He also commended the efforts of Murro in guiding the parties to a satisfactory resolution of their dispute.

“The settlement of the dispute means that harmonious labor relations continue to prevail in the company,” Ubaldo said. “It also means that the company’s more than 8 million customers continue to enjoy uninterrupted water services, which is a must in these hot months, ” he added.

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is the water and wastewater services provider for the 17 cities and municipalities that comprise the West Zone of the Metropolitan Manila area. It is an agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

Maynilad Water Supervisors Association, an independent union, represents the 312 supervisors of the company for bargaining purposes.

– Grace Estorque