SC Rules on Labor Disputes in Chartered Gov't Corporations

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In a decision written by Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, the SC finally put to rest the 22-year-old issue on the proper venue for the Casino Labor Association (CLA), a union in the Philippine Casino Operators Corp. (PCOC), to ventilate its claims against PCOC and the Philippine Special Services Corp. (PSSC).

"The court is not oblivious to petitioner's (CLA) plea for justice after waiting numerous years for relief since it first filed its claims with the labor arbiter in 1986. However, petitioner is not completely without fault," the SC said.

The SC explained that its Jan. 23, 1989 Resolution in G.R. No. 85922 resolving the petitioner's query of proper venue declared that the NLRC lacks jurisdiction over Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), PCOC, and PSSC. The resolution became final and executory on March 27, 1989.

It said that the CLA "did not file a second motion for reconsideration nor did it file a motion for clarification of any statement by the court which petitioner might have thought was ambiguous. Neither did petitioner take the proper course of action as laid down in G.R. 85922 to file its claims before the Civil Service Commission."

"Instead, petitioner pursued a protracted course of action based solely on its erroneous understanding of a single sentence in the court's resolution," it added. …