CLARK FREEPORT – The Angeles City council recently passed a resolution urging the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporation (GCG) and Clark Development Corp. to immediately address the “adverse” impact and negative effect of the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) to the employees of CDC.
Under the resolution sponsored by councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil, the Angeles City council enjoined the GCG and CDC to “put their acts together and address the concerns of almost 700 employees of CDC whose salaries and take home pays were adversely affected by the implementation of the Compensation and Position Classification System.”
The CPCS also discontinued some of the allowances, bonuses and benefits (ABIs) of the employees which were granted through the CBA signed with the
management. The ABIs which were removed are the health care coverage, cost-of-living allowance, housing, utilities and transportation allowance. The Meritorious Service Pay, which is given based on the length of service of the employees, and the retirement or separation benefits were likewise discontinued.
Members of the employee’s union have staged a series of mass actions to protest the CPCS.
According to Sangil, “such disparities and discontent brought about by an apparent unjust and unfavorable content of the CPCS may lead not just to labor unrest but also economic dislocation of CDC employees at a time when there is a rising cost for prime commodities.”
The resolution further states that “these obtaining unfortunate events can also bring an unfavorable investment climate in Clark where the far-reaching impact is a disturbed business environment that could also affect investors, locators and their employees.”
The resolution also calls for CDC to suspend the authority to implement (ATI) and maintain the status quo on the grant of salaries and benefits prior to the June 17, 2022 issuance of the ATI by GCG. In addition, it urges the GCG to rectify and issue new rates and salaries and benefits based on the appeal of CDC and its workers’ unions.
Meanwhile, CDC president and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan said that they will appeal the decision of the GCG and support all legal initiatives that will suspend its immediate implementation and resolve all issues affecting the compensation of CDC employees. “We will fight for your welfare, we will appeal sa GCG at kung kinakailangan ay sa Office of the President,” Gaerlan said.