The International Labour Organization conducted a workshop entitled “ILO-EU Trade for Decent Work Planning Session on Bipartite Workplace Social Dialogue Mechanisms in Selected Ecozones and Industries” on 2 June 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM via Zoom. The employer and labor sectors from different organizations, government agencies, and private sectors were invited to take part in the discussion of key labor issues and challenges, including freedom of association and collective bargaining, from three industries: garments, sardines, and coconuts.

Mr. Khalid Hassan, the Country Director of ILO Manila opened the ceremony by welcoming the participants. After which, Mr. Arun Kumar, Social Dialogue Specialist from ILO-Bangkok presented the introduction on the bipartite social dialogue mechanisms and programs. Atty. Ronda Malimban, from DOLE-National Conciliation and Mediation Board, presented the bipartite workplace programs of DOLE for workers and employers in ecozones and export-oriented enterprises and industries. It was then followed by sector-specific presentations from ECOP, representing employers, and Mr. Julius Cainglet from the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), representing the labor sector.

Ms. Nenette Fernando, ECOP Consultant on IR/HR, talked about the employer’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities for bipartite workplace cooperation, labor law, compliance and harmonious and productive industrial relations in economic zones and export industries.

This activity is part of ILO’s Project on Trade for Decent Work in collaboration with the European Union. Employers and trade unions are engaged as project partners.




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