Clark Airport Operations Might Be Affected as Strike Looms

A strike vote was filed by the Samahan ng mga Mangagawa sa Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (SMD), an employees' union at Clark International Airport, that may disrupt operations in the last week of January 2019. Labor dispute negotiations with Clark International Airport Corp. (Ciac) were held on January 15, 2019. However, the tone of the meeting suggested that there was "no serious interest to settle."

158 union members have voted to go on strike and the union will submit the referendum results to the
National Conciliation and Mediation Board regional office. | Copyright Photo: Clark International Airport

There were several demands coming from SMD following the privatization of the airport's management and operations. These include wage increases, allowances and other benefits stated in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Health and hospitalization benefits must not be deducted from their retirements packages and separation pay while the North Luzon Airport Consortium (NLCA) must automatically recognize their labor union. They also cited that Ciac circumvented the executive order no. 36 when they opted for a modified salary standardization scheme without them (union) being consulted.

Ciac president, Jaime Melo, said that the offer was the most they could give legally. The Commission on Audit (COA) and Governance Commission for government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) disallowed most of the benefits which are part of the crisis amelioration and resource enhancement. These benefits include emergency pay, cost of living allowance, rice and hazard pay. Answering the modified Salary Standardization Law, "no objectives were recorded and it enabled more than 70 percent of employees to have a substantial wage increase." the president said.

Reports on disruption of airport operations has not been made. Passengers departing and arriving from DMIA can monitor their Facebook page and/or contact their airlines so they can be advised on flight status.



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