National Conciliation and Mediation Board
October 20, 2016

National Conciliation and Mediation Board Executive Director Shirley M. Pascual and Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch- III Director Edgar G. Aquino announced today the settlement of the labor dispute at Umicore Specialty Chemicals Subic, Inc. in Asiana Proper, Subic Zambales. The chemical company’s management and union mutually agreed to economic benefits amounting to P3.6M under the company’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The union filed a notice of strike case against the company on August 9, 2016, on grounds of CBA deadlock, particularly on wage increase, rice subsidy, vacation/sick leave, medicine allowance, hazard pay, educational assistance, signing bonus, 2016 recognition award, union assistance, and production bonus.

Pascual said the parties reached settlement on September 8, 2016, after a series of extensive discussions and exchanges of positions and options, paving the way for the conclusion of negotiations for the last two years of their CBA.

Citing a report from RCMB- III, Pascual said parties agreed on wage increase of P 46.00 per day, on the 4th and 5th year of their CBA, signing bonus of P2,000, and union assistance of P50,000.

The parties also agreed to an additional one day vacation and sick leave, monthly rice subsidy, medicine allowance and educational assistance.

The CBA which will benefit fifty two workers, took effect last June 7, 2016 and will end on June 6, 2018. Pascual said.

Pascual commended RCMB- III conciliator-mediator Maribeth N. Gopez in facilitating the settlement of the dispute.

Director Aquino also commended the parties for their cooperation, patience, and open-mindedness, which are some of the key factors in resolving their dispute.

Umicore Employees Labor Association – AMAPO-TUCP, is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the rank and file union members represented by its president Mr. Arnaldo M. Pascua.

Umicore Specialty Chemicals Subic, Inc. is a chemical plant. It is located at 1044 Asinan Proper, Subic, Zambales. It has more or less 79 employees headed by its General Manager, Mr. Peter Dobbelaere.

END/ Rhoda A. Blanco & Diadema A. Aguirre