Despite the (new) labor relations law, despite the watered-down rules issued, and despite DOLE’s oft-repeated commitment to speedy labor justice, a front-line med-arbiter in Southern Luzon continue ‘unintentionally’ delaying releasing decisions on certification elections in enterprises in export processing zones.
More than ten days have passed since the last CE hearings. We will not mention the names of these two Taiwanese electronic companies. The med –arbiter will surely take it out on the unions in those companies.
If DOLE is serious, they should have a data base of progress on labor cases, most especially (the lack of) progress in union registration and certification elections for everyone to see.
So DOLE can do something about it … and not further burden workers and unions grappling with misbehaving DOLE officials paid by the public. Shame, shame, shame!