Workers form new union in Lepanto mines

BAGUIO CITY — A newly formed workers’ union recently obtained the labor depatment’s nod for the Consent Election.

Shipside Employees Union-National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno (SEU-NAFLU-KMU) on August 27 got the approval of the Department of Labor (DOLE) to conduct Consent Election among its members and other employees of the Shipside Inc. to formalize the legality of their union.

The elections will be held on September 10 at the workplaces in Mankayan, Benguet and Poro Point in San Fernando City, La Union.

Shipside Incorporated is an independent contractor operating or the Lepanto Mine Division of the Lepando Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo).

In a preliminary hearing at the DOLE-CAR on August 27 here, representatives of the union through their lawyer Federico Bunao stressed they have the right to organize a union as stated in the Labor Code of the Philippines.

Bunao then moved that a consent election should be conducted instead of a certification election as there is no other contesting party against their petition to hold such election. He said that the SEU-NAFLU-KMU is the sole legitimate organization in the establishment.

Counsel for the company, Anthony Wooden, said the company has no intention to interfere in its employees’ right to organization. It only filed appropriate remedies available to them under the law.

The SEU-NAFLU-KMU has 175 members mostly working in the underground workplaces of Lepanto mines.

The union was established on November 30 last year and was registered at the Labor Relations Division of the DOLE-CAR on March 3. It filed for a petition for a Certification Election on April 25. #Aldwin Quitasol(NorDis)

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