PEPSI-COLA Products Philippines, Inc. said a group of its workers in Davao filed a strike notice after a failure to conclude a new collective bargaining agreement.
In a disclosure to the stock exchange Thursday, Pepsi-Cola said the Davao-based labor union Pepsi-Cola Employee Workers Unions (PEWU) has served a notice of strike to the company for “refusal to negotiate.”
Pepsi-Cola said it was conducting negotiations with the union for the renewal of its collective bargaining agreement, the document that outlines the terms of employment as agreed upon by the company and the union, but the two parties failed to reach a settlement.
Moving forward, Pepsi-Cola and PEWU are set to hold discussions on Nov. 25, 27 and 28 to go over the collective bargaining agreement again.
“Both parties agreed to submit the negotiation for mediation to continue the bargaining with a view to finally reaching a mutually-beneficial agreement,” the company said.
Pepsi-Cola said PEWU is allied with the Federation of Coca-Cola Unions (FCCU)-Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa.
The company noted the threatened strike will not significantly affect its operations as the Davao office will “run as normal without business disruption.”
Last year, Pepsi-Cola was also involved in a labor dispute, with some of its employees picketing its Muntinlupa site. — Denise A. Valdez