Set to have a legal fist fight in the arbitration ring, Coca-Cola Calasiao and Calasiao Workers Union opted to hang their gloves and have a cup of tea instead.

The impending arbitration rooted from an alleged violation of the company on Regional Wage Order No. 1-19, one that was promulgated during CBA negotiations between the parties, which, according to the union, should have been effected by the company immediately.

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 – P20 more than minimum set by the wage order.

Considering VA expenses unnecessary and counter-productive, parties met for a compromise agreement where management will have Mr. Abrigo and Mr. Arabos receive P3,000 each.

The case came to a close on March 5, 2019 with the efforts of NCMB RB1 Director Jay Jasper B. Javines with the assistance of Sup. LEO Felicidad Q. Corpuz, Sr. LEO Lester B. Panem, and AOIV Vincent L. Remular.