The Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. – Calasiao Plant and the Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. – Calasiao Workers Union opted for voluntary arbitration amidst their dispute regarding the implementation of the most recent regional wage order and Section 2 of Article XIV of their CBA.

The Union’s issue of violation on Wage Order No. RB1-19 setting the minimum wage to P310 effective January 25, 2018 saw life when, at that time, CBA negotiations were still unfinished for the contract covering the period March 1, 2017 to March 1, 2020.

Union posits that the difference of the current wages of its two newly inducted members, which stood at P290 at the time the wage order took effect pending CBA negotiations, and the new minimum wage should have been given. They argued that apart from the increase provided by the CBA, what is mandated by law should also be given.

On the other hand, management stood by the their case that when CBA negotiations were concluded in March 2018, and upon retroactive application of the P40/day increase for the first cycle covering the period March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, the wage order has been complied with by virtue of making the employees’ daily pay at P330 from the retroactivity date.

Parties are set to select their panel of voluntary arbitrators on February 28, 2019 at NCMB Dagupan City Satellite Office.