Labour laws compliance

Planning Workshop on Workers' Activities under the ILO-USDOL Labour Inspection Project

The workshop objectives were to: (a) facilitate the development of a workplan for workers' activities under the project; and (b) review USDOL Labour Inspection Project's workplan with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in particular with the HR Audit, ILO Convention Nos. 81 and 129 gap analysis, Labour Laws Compliance-Management Information Suystem (LLCS-MIS) and area-wide summits.

In the workshop, DOLE-Bureau of Working Conditions (DOLE-BWC) presented data from the LLCS-MIS in the workplace compliance and remedial measures of 2015. Workers expressed interest to have a quarterly updates on the data generated by this system. Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz agreed that this will be a good opportunity for social dialogue in the workplace compliance and to share trends and developments with the social partners.

The workers participants also indicated their interest in endorsing for workplace compliance in public procurement, especially for infrastructure projects given the data from the LLCS-MIS showing that public administration (sub-contracting particularly) was one of the least labour law compliant sectors. Further, it was highlighted to ensure compliance for work carried out during natural disasters since this has been categorized as work subject to the provisions of the labour law.

At the end of the workshop, a preliminary workplan with the trade unions was developed for the workers component under the Labour Inspection Project. An agreement between the unions on carrying out an inventory of tools and skills related to workers training in the workplace compliance was included as well as the development of training materials related to the LLCS including rights at work and how to better engage with the joint-assessment process at enterprise level.