Promoting Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining in the Philippines

The Project seeks to address the needs of the Government and workers’ and employers’ organizations to effectively realize, in law and practice, the fundamental rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining in the Philippines. At the Government level, the Project developed a nation-wide computerized labour inspection system, which includes data collection on freedom of association and collective bargaining and trained labour law compliance officers from the Department of Labor and Employment on the use of the computerized labour inspection system.
The Project also supported the institutionalization of effective bipartite bargaining and tripartite social dialogue to support, among others, the prevention and resolution of labour disputes. It notably resulted in the drafting of a labour inspection policy and strategy and in the development of an employer’s handbook on social dialogue. The handbook aims to serve as a reference material for enterprises in setting-up their own social dialogue mechanisms, as well as to prepare them to participate in tripartite social dialogue mechanisms outside the enterprise.
Finally, the Project worked to ensure better enforcement and protection of victims or potential victims of trade union civil liberties’ and labour rights’ violations through capacity building activities. A training programme on human rights and trade union civil liberties was developed to train the Armed Forces and the National Police on these issues.