Sagada weavers to formalize union


BAGUIO CITY — Employees of the Sagada Weaving will push through with the scheduled Certification Election (CE) on May 7 in Sagada, Mountain Province.

Thirty five workers of the said company owned by Ezra Keithley Bondad Aranduque will formalize their labor organization. The name of their union will be the Sagada Weavers Workers’ Union.

A CE is a process of determining through secret ballot the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of all the employees in an appropriate bargaining unit for the purpose of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and the union members.

The posting of their intent for conducting a CE will be on April 23 and if there will be no contesting parties, they will then proceed with the election.

Paul Belinan of the Cordillera Labor Center (CLC) said that the workers were prompted to organize themselves and decide to form a union because of unjust labor practice.

He said that the workers complained of receiving wages P160 per day that is below the minimum daily wage set by the regional wage board.

According to the latest wage order of the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board-Cordillera Administrative Region the daily minimum wage for non-agriculture industry workers for the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan and Tuba area should be P272 and P255 for the rest of the region.

Belinan added that after the CE, the officers and members will start drafting their CBA proposal.

Sagada Weaving started in 1968. The company mainly produce handwoven products of indigenous clothes, bags, purse and others with innovations. The company’ products are being fabricated by Sagada workers employing the traditional method of weaving. #