Friday, 06 January 2012 13:04
Citing improved labor climate, the Department of Labor and Employment on Wednesday reported a significant decrease in work stoppages in 2011.
DOLE Spokesperson Nicon Fameronag said there were only two strikes recorded last year as compared to eight in 2010 while labor disputes have a 96-percent resolution rate.
"2011 is one of the best years for industrial peace. Seventy-five percent ang binaba ng strikes," Fameronag said in the weekly Communication News and Exchange forum in Quezon City.
"On top of that, these two strikes were resolved immediately by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board [NCMB]," he added.
Fameronag attributed the decrease in number of work stoppages to DOLE's single entry approach scheme that allows for conciliation and dialogue between erring parties at the primary level.
The scheme, which complements DOLE's existing labor dispute settlement approaches, is done in the department's regional and provincial offices, he said.
Under the scheme, parties reach an agreement even before the mandatory 30 days grace period for filing of arbitration. This prevents the cases from maturing into full blown labor cases.
"This has been very effective, maraming kaso ang nasosolve (many cases are resolved) even before it is brought up for filing for arbitration after 30 days," he said.
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