NATIONAL CONCILIATION AND MEDIATION BOARD
August 16, 2018
RCMB 10 SETTLES THE CBA DEADLOCK AT VALENCIA RUBBERTEX INCORPORATED
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Atty. Ligaya R. Lumbay, Director II of the National
Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Branch 10 proclaimed the
settlement on August 6, 2018 of the actual strike filed by Valencia Rubbertex, Inc.
Labor Union – Association Labor Unions – TUCP (VRILU – ALU-TUCP) against
Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. (VRI).
The actual strike which was declared on July 25, 2018 was successfully settled
through team conciliation – mediation process benefiting 192 rank and file
employees with an estimated economic package of P2.86 Million.
The new CBA for the period January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022 provides for the
following wage increases: on the first, second and third year, employees who are 10
years and below will receive ₱5.00 as COLA and those who are 10 years and above
will receive ₱8.00 as COLA. These wage increases are on top of any wage
increases to be determined by the RTWPB thru wage orders. Unused vacation and
sick leave benefits are also convertible to cash and payable every 15th day of
January of the following year.
Moreover, the company agreed to grant an Optional Retirement for employees who
are 10 years and above computed at 18 days per year of service.
The Union represented by Union President Bobby E. Panilag filed a Preventive
Mediation on April 4, 2018 on the ground of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Deadlock on twenty-five (25) economic benefits. Due to the different positions of the
parties, the case materialized into a Notice of Strike on May 15, 2018.
Mr. Noriyuki Onishi, Plant Manager of VRI manifested that the demands of the union
are impossible considering the losses of the company in previous years, but he
offered a performance-based incentive bonus.
The Branch conducted series of conciliation – mediation conferences exhausting all
available venues in order to arrive at a settlement. This settlement was achieved
through the assistance of DOLE Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao.
Valencia Rubbertex, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing of vulcanized rubber footwear
such as rubber boots and jikataba shoes for export. The company is located in
Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.