The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) has initiated talks with both labor and management of Kepco SPC Power Corp. (KSPC) in Naga City in southern Cebu to prevent a strike during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on Aug. 22 to Sept. 11, 2015.
The possible labor strike in the power generation firm was brought up during a press conference called by Director Rene Burdeos of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7.
The DILG is the head of the Sub-Task Group in the coming APEC forum.
Burdeos said the Department of Energy has assured them that power supply within the APEC forum venues will not be affected even if a labor strike will happen at KSPC in the City of Naga.
Burdeos said that KSPC is supplying only to Mactan Electric Company, which distributes electricity in Lapu-Lapu City.
The Visayan Electric Company, which covers Cebu City, gets its power from Cebu Energy Development Corp. and Global Power Corp. in Toledo City.
NCMB 7 Director Edmund Mirasol said the KSPC Supervisory Union has filed a notice to strike last month, while the rank-and-file union filed a notice of strike last week.
We are calling another conciliation meeting between now and August 17. We are also continuously communicating with both parties to prevent any strike, Mirasol said.
He said that Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz sends her representative every time there is a conciliation meeting to make sure there is positive progress in the negotiation.
The two unions are demanding the reinstatement of their leader Lowell Sanchez and higher salaries to level to their counterparts in other coal-fired power plants owned by the Korean Electric Company in other parts of the country. (PNA)LAP/EB/rsm