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IR/HR Certification Course (Batch 1) Module 9: “Labor Relations in Unionized and Non-unionized Enterprises: Collective Bargaining, Labor-Management Cooperation, and other Social Dialogue Mechanisms”
October 13, 2018
An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until October 13, 2018
Social dialogue is a process that includes all types of negotiation, consultation or exchange of information between or among representatives of the government, the employers and the workers on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy, as well as to productivity, terms and conditions of employment, and the welfare and well-being of workers. Broadly understood, social dialogue embraces all kinds of interactions between workers and employers at various levels within and outside the enterprise. It includes those between or among representatives of government, employers and workers in tripartite bodies. It also includes those directly between employers and employees through collective bargaining, labor-management cooperation and other similar processes.
It is imperative that business performance and productivity among enterprises be anchored on cooperative and harmonious labor relations characterized by responsible and effective employee participation in decision-making processes on matters affecting them. Whether it is tripartism, collective bargaining, labor-management cooperation or some other similar form of interaction, meaningful social dialogue is essential to enable employers and workers to respond to competition, take advantage of opportunities, adapt to change and improve business performance. Experience shows that there is relative peace and productivity in workplaces where social dialogue is institutionalized. Conversely, its absence often leads to communication breakdown and unstable labor-management relations.
This module of the Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management Certification Course aims to recognize the positive contributions of social dialogue toward sound and productive labor-management relations in both unionized and non-unionized firms; and to promote strategic collective bargaining principles.
Course outline (2 days: Sept. 29 & Oct. 6):
- Introduction to Social Dialogue
- Concept of SD
- Benefits of SD
- Setting up the SD mechanism
- Promoting shared responsibility, managing conflicts and differences
- Basic negotiation concepts and principles
- Overview of collective bargaining (CB) in the Philippines
- Basic CB concepts and principles
- The law on collective bargaining
- Strategic negotiations toward creating and enhancing joint value