BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The labor department has awarded P30.8 million worth of benefits under a bargaining pact to 348 workers of power distribution firm Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) following the win of labor in a dispute with management.
Stephanie Montaner, president of the rank and file CENECO Union of Rational Employees (CURE) said Sixto Rodriguez Jr, regional labor office director, turned over the check representing P30.8 million that will go to the five percent salary increase for its members.
The increases are part of the economic provisions under the 2017-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement with management.
The awarding of the check came after a series of events since December 27 last year when the union filed a strike notice over what it claimed as unfair labor practices of management.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ruled in favor of the union May, this year when the case was brought to him for arbitration.