The notice of strike filed by the Flexo Free Workers Union – NAFLU (FFWU-NAFLU) against Flexo Manufacturing Corporation (Flexo), has been settled, NCMB Executive Director Shirley M. Pascual announced recently.

Pascual, citing a report from Director Feliciano R. Orihuela, Jr., said that the Union filed the notice of strike case against the firm on 06 December 2017 on account of bargaining deadlock and alleged non-implementation of Wage Order No. 21.

They agreed to conclude the three (3) years of their Collective Bargaining Agreement on 19 January 2018, following a marathon conciliation-mediation conference on said date at RCMB-NCR.

“The agreement shown the mutual interest of the parties to end their dispute.  This was evident on the last day (January 19) of the strike ban period where the Union instead of calling it quit, persevere all the way to its settlement,” Pascual added.

The agreement covers among others, wage increase, vacation leave, emergency leave, paternity leave, retirement pay, financial assistance and voluntary resignation (tax free), group accident insurance, HMO, medicine allotment, bereavement leave, mid-year bonus, shoes, female employees uniform allowance, rice subsidy, and office rental.

The agreement also includes the regularization of agency workers and signing bonus.

The estimated economic package amounts to Php 6.9 M covering 191employees.

According to Director Orihuela, the parties’ CBA will commence on July 01, 2017 and will expire on 30 June 2020.

Pascual commended the efforts of Con-Med Estelita S. Bautista in settling the labor dispute, which prevented another possible work stoppage.

-Renato R. Cañutal