“The completion of our CBA boosters our hope of improving our relationship and deepening our mutual trust with each other. We hope that we can resolve our issues and concerns so that we could concentrate in improving our inefficiencies and increasing our productivity”, Bryan Yap, LCMC President said.
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) and the Lepanto Local Employees Union (LLEU) signed their 27th Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on March 25, 2017 at the Watson Hall, Baguio Country Club, South Drive, Baguio City.
The Notice of Closure issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources did not stop the parties in coming into an agreement and concluded their CBA in four sittings.
The negotiating team from the union led by Warden Lapaddic, LLEU president was able to negotiate an estimate of Php16,807,000.00 for the last 2 years of the agreement. A lump sum of Php10,000.00 for the first year and 17.00/day for the second year. Kitchen allowance, longevity pay, eye glasses allowance and COLA were also included. This package will benefit more than 1,200 rank-in-file employees.
According to LCMC Vice President and Resident Manager Thomas Consolacion, the new CBA with the LLEU will secure the livelihood and education of their families and children.
Mr. Lapaddic extended his great appreciation for the continuous support of the management in spite of the company’s present situation.
The meetings were done peacefully and was concluded without the intervention of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board. A proof of strong partnership and mutual understanding among the parties involved.
The contract signing was witnessed by representatives from the Domogan Law Office headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Lepanto Local Staff Union, and the NCMB.
Maggie B. Balagtey