Operations of the biggest bus company in southern Luzon is set to normalize following an agreement between management of the Delmonte Land Transport Bus Company Inc. (DLTB) and the striking workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.
“In the interest of industrial peace and in order not to further jeopardize the commuting public, the DLTB management and its union reached an agreement for the resumption of normaloperations of the bus company,” Bello said.
The agreement provides that the DLTB Labor Union-AGLO will lift the strike effective immediately, while DLTB management shall accept all striking employees, except those terminated prior to the strike, under the same terms and conditions that existed before the strike.
The labor issues that led to the work stoppage and subject to compulsory arbitration before the National Labor Relations Commission and those at the DOLE Regional Office 4-A have yet to be settled.
The strike, staged by the DLTB Labor Union affiliated with the Association of Genuine Labor Organization (AGLO), paralyzed about 90 percent of the company’s bus operations in Bicol and southern Tagalog provinces during the Christmas holidays affecting thousands of commuters. DLTB has about 700 buses plying the southern Luzon route.
The union protested management’s alleged underpayment of minimum wages and non payment of 13th month pay.
Bello assumed jurisdiction of the labor dispute on December 28 in a bid to avert disruption of public transport during the holidays.
The agreement was signed by union Ronald Austria, president; Frankie Fernandez, vice president, and Carlito Abergos, chairman of the board.
The management was represented by DLTB president Atty. Narciso Morales. They were assisted by Atty. Jaime Miralles for AGLO and Valentino Dionela and Joselyn Bonnie Valeros for DLTB Bus. Co.
The agreement was attested by Labor Secretary Bello and Undersecretaries Dominador R. Say and Bernard P. Olalia.