Radio network workers to go on strike

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


THE union bloc of a radio network based in Davao City is set to go on strike after majority of its members said "yes" to a strike vote conducted by the union on Monday.

Radio Mindanao Network Davao Employees Union (RDEU) president Gina Hitgano told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview that of the 19 union members, 17 voted in favor of a strike while two others abstained.

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"Nagfile mi ug notice of strike (NOS) tong August 11 sa National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and ang issues nga gi-raise namo sa pagfile kay unfair labor practice ug union busting. 22 days man after sa filing so any time after September 1 or 2, pwede na namong ikasa ang welga (We filed a NOS on August 11 before the NCMB and the issues we raised are unfair labor practice and union busting. The strike will be conducted 22 days after the filing so we will stage the strike anytime after September 1 or 2)," Hitgano said.

The union leader said they were compelled to file a notice of strike after they accused the management for non-observance of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which was implemented three years ago.

"Their hiring process violated the CBA. They hired employees without giving notice to the union and some of those hired were even contractual. Also, they did not replace the items which were vacated by union members who left the service," Hitgano said.

The management advised the union to place the union busting and unfair labor practice accusations under preventive mediation, but the union had refused, claiming they may be harassed.

But while a strike is already inevitable, Hitgano said that they already had a series of meetings this month, setting the ground rules to pave the way for the economic provisions in the CBA negotiations.

The CBA between the union members and the management was approved in 2011 and expired on July 28 this year.

"The management has already agreed to cover the expenses during meetings yet we are yet to resolve the issue on the composition of the panels. They wanted to have only four panels including the secretary for both panels. We did not agree since we need a representive from union members from all department of the company," Hitgano said. (RSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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