The 30th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Commission: Arbitration for Social Justice and Industrial Peace
IN any organization, there are competing claims and interpretations of rules that may require a third party to mediate. What is important in such disputes, however, is that they are resolved with impartiality, especially in keeping with the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution and bestowing on both the owners of private property and labor.
By law, the function of arbitration rests with specific agencies in or attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).One such agency that handles labor complaints is the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).
Though beset with its own problems, not the least of which is the constant deficiency in the number of legal professionals to work on cases and serve as arbiters, the NLRC continues with its work of seeking the most immediate resolution for all forms of labor dispute and to intervene to bring forth industrial peace and social justice.
At the NLRC, the complaints lodged by employees range from the most common money claims such as nonpayment of appropriate salary (below minimum wage), to overtime pay, 13th month pay, and service incentive fees. …