THE management of AVM-Bernardo slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City is asking the City Government to authorize them to implement at least 10 percent increase in slaughtering and delivery fees.

City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said they have received the request of the AVM-Bernardo, but it is still subject to review of the City Legal Office.

The letter dated January 5, 2017 was signed by plant manager Glorydee Cometa.

Cometa said that for a period of eight years and five months, the slaughtering fee and delivery fee which they charged to meat vendors was never increased despite the interminable rising of prices of salaries and wages, electricity costs, petroleum products, which are the basics in operating a slaughterhouse.

She said they are asking for an increase of at least 10 percent as stipulated in Section 16 Article IV of the memorandum of agreement.

“Our labor force is unionized and affiliated with the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). Our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the union is now due for negotiation, and by which increase in salaries and wages and other benefits are being sought for by the union from the management,” Cometa added.

Bayatan said it was stated in the contract that they are granted the privilege to increase the rate in the slaughtering, but it has to be checked because the basis is the contract between the AVM-Bernardo and the City Government.