The Holy Child Hospital management and the employees’ labor union Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, have come to an amicable settlement.
The agreement, mediated by Hacel Cuares of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-Cebu, prevented a deadlock that would have led to a strike.
ALU-TUCP district officer Felizardo Calimpong said the employees have yielded to the position of management that the dues for non-union members or agency-paid employees will be held in trust while the issue on disaffiliation is pending before arbiter Jose Ogang of the Department of Labor Region 7.
Non-union members had earlier claimed they have not authorized the management to remit their dues to the employees union.
The union, however, maintained that once an employee starts enjoying the benefits of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he or she is obliged to pay the dues even without written authorization.
Both parties also agreed to process the registration of the CBA up to July 15 to make it binding, aside from its being a requisite of the Department of Labor and Employment.*JG
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