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Union, hospital finally agree
on collective bargaining deal

The Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital and its employees union yesterday signed a five-year collective bargaining agreement and approved the P10 daily wage increase, for the workers for three years, Roberto Villaram, employees’ union president, said.

The issue on the CBA stemmed from the hospital management’s refusal to counter the employees’ CBA proposal last year which resulted in the filing of a notice of strike by the union before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board in Bacolod City.

BOLMSH legal counsel Elnora Abaygar said both parties have come up with a fair and favorable CBA and the demands of the union were granted and approved by the hospital president Dr. Evangeline Johnson.

The CBA takes effect this year until 2017 and the P10 daily wage on January 2012 to December 2015, Villaram said.

The CBA also states that salaries and status of all rank-and-file employees were changed to regular and they also entitle to hospitalization worth P50,000, and a P500 birthday gift for each employee, Villaram said.

The CBA signing was witnessed and participated in by BOLMSH legal counsels Jose Max Ortiz and Abaygar, employees’ union legal counsel Gemino Ymballa, Johnson, and Villaram.* LTG

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