Strengthening Bipartite Relations at the National and Enterprise Levels


Name of Project: Strengthening Bipartite Relations at the National and Enterprise Levels
Status: On-going
Timeline: Launching and pilot implementation: September 2018 – December 2018

Workshops – 2019 (TBA)

Background: Institutionalized through the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, the scheme of tripartism serves as the operating mechanism of social partners for decision and policy-making processes on important labor, employment, industrial relations, and social policy matters. However, the social partners under the tripartite structure are not precluded to engage in activities that have the end goal of strengthening their respective bipartite relations. ECOP believes that strengthening bipartism is an important ingredient in maintaining and sustaining tripartism.

In collaboration with the Confederation of the Danish Industry (DI), ECOP is initiating a collaboration with the major trade unions in the country, including the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-ITUC), and the Associated Labor Unions (ALU-TUCP) – three (3) of which are members of the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC).

ECOP and its partner trade unions will be conducting both national and enterprise level initiatives which include a series of two-day thematic workshops among the participating enterprises on topics such as but not limited to the essentials of social dialogue, negotiation skills, dispute settlement, teambuilding, communication, among others.

Enterprise level activities will also be carried out based on an approved action plan submitted by the targeted companies. The gathered inputs and insights on the workshops and activities will then later be developed and launched as IEC materials through an event giving them the opportunity to share best practices.

Participants: The project is intended for medium-sized enterprises with a newly signed CBA or where the union has just been recognized as the sole and exclusive bargaining unit.

Participation in the workshops under this project is by invitation only.

Objectives: Through this project, ECOP aims to:

  1. Strengthen the relations between ECOP and organized labor both at the enterprise and national levels by building trust and confidence between employers and union;
  2. Implement capacity building activities and develop tools that will facilitate the institutionalization of the dialogue mechanism;
  3. Equip the parties in the dialogue mechanisms with skills that will promote a mutually beneficial relationship may be established between the management and unions both at the national and enterprise levels;
  4. Pilot models of dialogue mechanisms at the enterprise level; and
  5. Develop tools and communication materials to showcase the good practices, including the process that brought them about arising from the project.
Contact: Name: Virginia Angela Usero

Designation: External Affairs Coordinator

Mobile No.: +639177092742

E-mail Address: [email protected]

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August 8, 2018

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