The labor problem in one of the biggest caven-dish banana growers and exporter in Davao was settled recently with the signing of an agreement between management and the firm’s workers’ union, the regional labor office reported yesterday.
The Regional Concilia-tion and Mediation Board (RCMB) resolved the dispute in weeks of conci-liation conferences bet-ween Musahamat Farms Incorporated and the Musahamat Workers Labor Union-NAFLU-KMU.
The strike was prompted by the union’s complaint of unfair labor practice against manage-ment following the transfer of two of the union’s board of directors to other department.
Starting as a case for preventive mediation last February, it matured to a full blown strike in early April but marathon conci-liation meetings resulted to early settlement of the dispute two weeks into the strike.
The management ag-reed to reinstate to their previous positions union board members Mario Alfonso and Dionisio Gultia.
As part of the settle-ment, labor and manage-ment also agreed that the wage scheme of workers will be based on hourly rate and that the harvesters shall be paid based on the eight-hour scheme which started last week.
The parties likewise agreed, among others, to immediately implement wage adjustments under Wage Order No. RTWPB-XI-19, as well as to resolve in the labor-management cooperation all remaining issues like income deduc-tion/refund and harvesters’ compensation system.
In his report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, DOLE Region 11 Director Raymundo Agra-vante said the management and union of Musahamat Farms, Inc. also agreed to strictly observe the duly signed College Bargaining Agreement and existing company policy.
Musahamat, located in Pantukan, Compostela Val-ley, employs 252 workers, all members of the union affiliated with the National Federation of Labor Unions-KMU.