Visayan Electric union and management sign 5-year CBA


DEAL. Visayan Electric Company employees’ union president Arnel Zapanta, left, and Visayan Electric president and chief operating officer, engineer Raul Lucero, sealed the five-year collective agreement between the employees’ union and leadership with a handshake. / VECO

The Visayan Electric Company Employees Union (VECEU) and the Power Utility Management Bargaining Committee signed a five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on Thursday, May 4, 2022.

Engineer Mark Anthony Kinda, head of the steering committee, said the negotiations for the 2022-2026 ABC were by far the most peaceful and smooth that Visayan Electric has seen.

“It was an important step for Visayan Electric, but we still have a lot to do in terms of strengthening the relationship with VECEU. It’s just the

start and we’re off to a good start,” he said.

For his part, VECEU President Arnel Zapanta expressed his gratitude to the public service management team for taking into account the union’s concerns.

“For the first time in 15 years, we have completed CBA negotiations. It is also the first time that we have signed two collective agreements in less than a month. We hope that this harmonious relationship will continue. Management and work must be a tandem. Dapat magtinabangay. We have to understand each other,” Zapanta said.

VECEU was to sign a collective bargaining agreement with Visayan Electric management in 2017 after a previous agreement expired.

However, negotiations for the 2017 CBA broke down when the union and management failed to reach agreement on a number of issues, including the amount of the general annual wage increase that should be implemented for basic employees.

It was not until April this year that the union and management signed the 2017 CBA. Negotiations for the current CBA followed thereafter.

President and Chief Operating Engineer of Visayan Electric, Raul Lucero, in his message at the signing, thanked the union and the management committee for finally resolving the CBA issues.

“We look forward to years of industrial peace with the signing of the ABC. I hope this is the start of a real relationship of trust between management and the employees’ union,” Lucero said.

All basic employees of Visayan Electric will receive a signing bonus equivalent to their month’s salary, while confidential employees and supervisors will receive a loyalty bonus equivalent to their month’s salary.

Lucero said signing and loyalty bonuses are management’s way of thanking employees for their contribution to the company.

Visayan Electric, the second largest electric utility in the country, is owned and operated by Aboitiz Power Corp. and Vivant Corp. It serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and four municipalities in most of Metro Cebu — Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando. (PR)

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