ES Transport workers score strike victory
Nearly hundred ES Transport workers now back at work only two days after they went on strike. The strike which only started on January 31, 2019 has reached a successful resolution after the management agrees to reinstate the suspended workers and return the bus trips to its original schedule and rotation. The management also agrees to submit its counter proposal to the CBA negotiation.
Last December 2018, Buklod ng Manggagawa sa ES Transport Inc-National Federation of Labor (BMESTI-NFL) filed Notice of Strike (NoS) against the management’s unfair labor practices and bad faith bargaining.
Despite being certified as the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent (SEBA) since August 2018, negotiations between the union and management have gone nowhere for the past months. Instead, the management arbitrarily suspended the union’s officers and members while the negotiations were ongoing.
ES Transport is a bus company owned by Elena San Pedro Ong and Peewee San Pedro Ong. It plies routes from Cubao to Sta. Cruz, Manila to Bulacan and Cabanatuan. ES Transport drivers and conductors reportedly earned an average of Php15,000 a month for 12-24 hours work daily.