DOLE facilitates settlement of Coca-Cola FEMSA Davao management, union over payroll system adjustments

DOLE facilitates settlement of Coca-Cola FEMSA Davao management, union over payroll system adjustments

The Department of Labor and Employment-National Conciliation and Mediation Board facilitated the signing of a settlement agreement between Coca-Cola FEMSA Phils., Inc. and its union over the validation of the payroll system implemented by management.

The union, represented by SAMACOKE FCCU-Sentro, tapped the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI in Davao City.

The DOLE RCMB XI rendered technical assistance to validate alleged payroll errors caused by the new computerized payroll system of KOF (Project Sharp) which resulted to deductions in salary for unpaid overtime, holiday pay, and no attendance record.

“Coca-Cola and its union reached settlement in just two plant level meetings,” Executive Director Shirley M. Pascual said citing reports from RCMB XI OIC-Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco.

The agreement was signed by Florencio M. Caballero, Maria Teresa S. Chlew, Edgar A. Banal, Alwin A. Bontuyan, Charlie Henry K. Dalid, Emmanuel G. Biares, and Gharly C. Saquin for the management of Coca-Cola FEMSA Phils., Inc. Davao 1 and 2 manufacturing unit.

SAMACOKE FCCU-Sentro was represented by Alfredo P. Punay, Jr., Reynaldo R. Arduo, Eliseo D. Orcejola, Jr., Steve D. Mara-at, and Jay S. Cansico.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Undersecretary for Labor Relations Rebecca C. Chato, and OIC-Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco.

The parties earlier signed the settlement agreement adopting the recommendations of the Bureau of Working Conditions on the implementation of a three-shift work schedule.

“The Management is committed to provide support in the transition of the workers from the old to the new schedule,” Pascual said.

“The parties also expressed that in case issues arise in the course of the transition, they shall discuss such matters during their monthly Labor-Management Committee meeting,” she added.

Both parties also agreed that affected workers will receive reimbursement of their unpaid wages, non-payment of holiday pay and rectification of no attendance record (NARs) caused by the system error within 30 days from the final acceptance of individual members entitlement.