Close  

St. Luke’s BGC maintains hands-off policy amid labor row

/ 12:47 AM September 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The management of St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in the Bonifacio Global City says it maintains a hands-off policy as two labor unions vie for the right to choose a representative at the bargaining table.

ADVERTISEMENT

“SLMC is not in any way involved with the inter-union issue between the Independent Union and the incumbent SEBA (Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent),” the management said in a statement.

The St. Luke’s Medical Center (BGC) Employees Union – Independent has filed a notice of strike after the management allegedly disregarded the government’s order allowing employees to elect their representative in collective bargaining negotiations.

FEATURED STORIES

But the hospital management said: “The SLMC Management is cognizant of its obligations to its employees and is consistent with the direction set by DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment).”

“It fully respects the position of the parties involved and does not wish to further complicate inter-union concerns,” it added.

The hospital management noted that the independent union filed for a certification election before the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2019.

The management said the filing of the certification election was “intended to challenge the majority status of the incumbent Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent.”

The incumbent SEBA is the SLMC(GC) Employees Association – Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), the hospital noted.

The DOLE approved the said petition.

But SLMC(GC)EA – AFW, the management said, filed an appeal questioning the approval of the petition.

ADVERTISEMENT

The labor secretary has yet to issue a decision.

“St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) Global City (GC) recognizes the direction set by DOLE with regards to the Certification Election (CE) filed by an Independent Union of SLMC recently,” it added.

St. Luke’s BGC labor union files strike notice

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: hospital, Labor Dispute, notice of strike, SLMC, St. Lukes Medical Center
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.