THE SAMAHANG Manggawa ng UST (SM-UST) has accepted the Court of Appeals (CA) decision on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) dispute, but the University plans to appeal.

In a letter dated Feb. 16 addressed to Vice-Rector Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P., SM-UST’s executive board expressed acceptance of the court decision.

“Now that our differences had already been resolved by a court of justice, we wish to convey to you the Union’s primary goal of restoring and maintaining a close and harmonious relationship with the (UST) Management,” the letter stated.

SM-UST president Nilo Tampos said the Union is just waiting for the implementation of the court decision.

But Center for Human Resources Development director Atty. Manuel Beaniza said the University would like to question the bases for the court’s decision to award the additional P8,000 signing bonus.

“We don’t know if the facts were really appreciated,” he said. “The premises on which the decision was based seem not equitable.”

Ponce had earlier explained to the Varsitarian that UST has no existing revenues from other sources, since the University’s income from the carpark and canteens is also used for their maintenance.

The CA ordered to increase the signing bonus to P18,000 from P10,000 which will be paid for by the University’s other sources of income.”

According to Beaniza, UST is set to file a motion for reconsideration. John Rheeno T. Cabangcalan

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