Ms. Bente Toftkær, Head of Business Environment of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) formally introducing the partnership between ECOP and the DI which will hopefully bleed into overall economic development.
A series of activities to promote bipartism under the partnership of ECOP and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) was recently conducted immediately following the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on September 24, 2017 between ECOP, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), representing employers and the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggawa (SENTRO), representing the trade union movement.
The activities included a project orientation which was organized on September 25 for a thorough discussion on the details of the project, the existing state of relationship between labor and management of the enterprise participants, and overview enterprise-based activities. Ms. Bente Toftkær of DI highlighted her organization’s general objective of supporting and inspiring “sister” organizations in a number of countries abroad. She said DI looks forward to understanding how bipartism works in the Philippines and how DI could assist in, strengthening the relationship between torganizations of workers and employers in the country.
ECOP Director-General Jose Roland Moya also provided the audience with the objectives and outcomes of the bipartism project. At the national level, a Leaders Forum will be constituted to discuss issues of common concern among parties and document any agreement reached through social accords. On the other hand, thematic workshops involving the management and employer representatives of participating companies will be conducted at the enterprise levels. They will also be given a free hand in identifying and implementing capacity-building activities that will respond to their respective needs and requirment.
The project orientation also included consisted of presentations on bipartism as they are practiced in the Philippines and Denmark. Atty. Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio, Professor of UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP-SOLAIR), highlighted in his presentation that collective bargaining is the primary mode of regulating employment relations in the Philippines. From a different perspective, Ms. Toftkaer discussed the framework for regulation of the Danish labor market which now consists of a flexible labor market, strong social security, and an active labour market policy. According to her, no matter the framework for social dialogue is, it still comes down to legitimacy, willingness, capacity, and trust.