RMN Davao union protests non-compliance with CBA

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Thursday, June 28, 2012


UNION workers of a radio network based in Davao City held another picket rally on Wednesday for the management's failure to comply with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in November 2011.

In a phone interview, Rey Fabe, president of Radio Mindanao Network Davao Employees Union (Rdeu) said the picket rally held in front of their radio station would be their first action before going on strike since the RMN management is not responsive with their requests.

Fabe lamented that there are already five employees from RMN Manila who were already harassed and sacked from office because they joined the protest against the management.

"Ang among gikahadlokan nga basin gamiton ni Eric Canoy (RMN owner) ang iyang impluwensiya sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino kay under siya sa Malakanyang isip chairman sa IBC 13 (We fear that Eric Canoy will use his influence in the Aquino administration being the chairman of the IBC 13)," Fabe said.

He said what worries them is that there is a big chance that Aquino will intervene with the case since one of the latter's policies is that no company shall conduct any strike as this might affect the nation's image.

"Kung mahitabo nga naay welga, posibleng mag-order ang Presidente sa secretary sa Department of Labor and Employment nga i-take over ang kaso, mag-order ang Dole og assumption of jurisdiction (If there will be a strike, it is possible that the president will order the secretary of Dole to take over the case and will issue an assumption of jurisdiction)," he said.

Fabe said they might also be terminated from their positions if they will still push through with the strike.

"Unfair kaayo na para sa amoa (It is unfair with us)," Fabe said.

It can be recalled that the Rdeu asked the management for a wage increase, meal allowance and rice subsidy every month.

He claimed they learned that the RMN earns P24 million monthly. However, they are asking only P99,000 of it, which is to be divided among all the employees.

Fabe said the picket rally was also staged since the 22 days have already lapsed after they filed the Notice of Strike before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) 11.

"Niadtong November 2011 naa mi gipirmahan nga ipatuman nila ang CBA. Gipaabot namo nga ila kining ipatuman, pero ila mang gibalewala mao nga nag-rally na sab mi (we have signed an agreement that they will implement the CBA. We waited for them but they just ignored us)," Fabe said.

He said the officials of the RMN main office failed to meet with them before the NCMB on Tuesday.

He said only an area manager appeared to represent the management.

"Nagpakita lang sila didto ug miingon nga willing silang hisgutan ang problema. Ang buot nilang ipasabot nga mobalik na sab mi sa uno? Di ni maayo! (They just appeared and said they are willing to talk with the problem. So they mean we would again start from the beginning?)" Fabe said.

Fabe said the management continues to violate their rights as employees of the radio network.

As of this posting Wednesday, Sun.Star Davao tried to get the statement of the RMN management but to no avail.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 28, 2012.

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