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Fundamentals of Trade Unionism

November 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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One event on November 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

Program overview

In December 1953, the Philippines ratified key International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions: the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention, 1948 (No. 87) and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) . The Philippines has enacted the Labor Code and other policies after ratification. The rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution (Article 13).

With these laws, employers must completely understand how trade union works and how they can establish a harmonious relationship with them to avoid industrial disputes.

This 2-session program will helps employers understand what trade unions are and how they can co-exist with them without jeopardizing business objectives and without committing unfair labor practices.

Program objectives 

At the end of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of trade unions
  • Know its legal framework
  • Learn the union formation and dissolution process
  • Determine the role of employers
  • Discover how to achieve industrial harmony


Program outline 

  1. What are trade unions
    1. Constitutional framework
    2. Labor code
    3. DOLE and its department orders
    4. Workers association vs. trade unions
    5. Role and functions
  2. Union formation process
    1. Who can join unions?
      • Types of employees
    2. Procedure and requirements
      • Independent unions
      • Affiliated unions
      • Establishments with unions
      • Certification elections and Sole and exclusive bargaining agent (SEBA)
    3. Role of employers
      1. Good faith vs. Bad faith
      2. Unfair labor practices: definitions and examples
      3. Union busting: definitions and examples
      4. Co-existence with the unions
  3. Union dissolution
    1. Grounds for cancelation of union registration
    2. Voluntary dissolution
    3. Involuntary dissolution
  4. Achieving industrial harmony
    1. Notable practices on labor relations
      1. Establishments without unions
      2. Establishments with unions
      3. Establishments formerly with unions
      4. Worst case scenarios
    2. Analysis

Duration and Program Schedule

November 6 and 13, 2021, 9:00-12:00NN (2-day program)


Atty. Noel D. Balsicas, C.P.A.  

Atty. Noel finished his Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Major in Accounting) from Southwestern University magna cum laude and soon after passed the Accountancy Board Examination. He completed his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cebu as class salutatorian and immediately thereafter hurdled the Philippine Bar Examination. He also earned a Master’s degree (Master in Management, Major in Business Management) from the University of the Philippines.

Atty. Noel has over 30 years of experience in the fields of human resource management and labor relations as an HR practitioner in the country’s biggest and oldest conglomerate.

Program Fees

Regular Price/Non-member Rate: PhP 4,000.00

All ECOP members are entitled to a member-rate discount using a coupon code. To get a code, kindly contact our Training Department at [email protected]

Important Notes

  1. The training slot is confirmed only upon receipt of payment. Only confirmed (paid) participants will be given access to the training.
  2. The registration fee must be paid not later than two (2) working days before the first session of the training.
  3. The speaker will make available learning materials that participants will use in this training program. It can be downloaded from our eCampus platform.
  4. The recorded video of the session will be uploaded in our eCampus platform after each training session.
  5. Participants will receive e-certificates after the training.

Deadline for Registration: November 2, 2021
Deadline for Payment: November 3, 2021

Click here to register

For more inquiries, you may contact us via ECOP Training and Development: [email protected]


November 6, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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