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Union to stand ground
vs. ‘alternative group’

The Philippine Agricultural Commercial and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-International Trade Union Confederation, which represents the rank and file employees of the Vallacar Transit Inc. is confident that Associated Labor Union-TUCP cannot sit as the new union for the employees even if they will hold the election tomorrow, the group said yesterday.

PACIWU-TUCP-ITUC national president and lawyer Zoilo de la Cruz issued the statement at a press conference at the Negros Press Club building in Bacolod City.

De la Cruz said they already have a pending petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals in Cebu because the orders that were issued directing the election are all contrary to laws.

He said that ALU-TUCP’s in its petition filed before the Department of Labor and Employment in Cebu for the certification for election claiming that it has reached the 25 percent of the total work force of the company has just been presumed.

The law provides that when a company has an existing collective bargaining agreement duly registered with the DOLE, the agency cannot issue a certification for election, de la Cruz also said.

The DOLE Cebu issued the certification election but it is not possible because the main office of the company is in Bacolod City, so it must be issued by DOLE VI not by Region VII, de la Cruz said.

Hernane Braza, secretary general of PACIWU-TUCP-ITUC, admitted that the local union officers have faults and that not all their needs have not been met.

Braza, however, encouraged employees to ask for help from them, being the umbrella organization of the union, so they can assist them with their problems. *LTG

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