Labor, industry partnership in the works

The joint communiqué signed by labor and industry, creating a new paradigm on labor and capital relation, is now being implemented.

The communiqué entitled “Social Partnership on Decent Work, Productivity and Competitiveness,” through the efforts of the Fair Trade Alliance (FairTrade) and the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), adopted the principle of “social-partnering” as a general guide in the relationship of employers, and unions and workers.

On the basis of the “Social Partnership” framework, the Philippine Employer-Labor Social Partners, Inc. or PELSPI was organized to implement the finer points of the communiqué.

PELSPI will follow the joint communique’s core principle of attaining decent work, productivity and competitiveness by harmonizing employer-labor relations, overcoming deep-seated labor-capital enmities. PELSPI will also aid in identifying areas where the interests of both labor and industry converge and diverge, promotion of efforts to accommodate each party’s interests to the maximum possible and resolution of conflicts in a harmonious win-win situation.

Another main task of PELSPI is to strengthen social partnership in “crisis” periods. PELSPI will help in the need of industry and enterprises to adopt appropriate competitiveness adjustment measures needed to remain viable and profitable.

PELSPI will also help facilitate the rebuilding and sustaining of the nation’s Agro-Industrial base by supporting the Nationalist Development Agenda being pushed by FairTrade in close consultation with FPI and other affiliate labor organizations. Specifically, PELSPI endorse the five-point agenda contained in the NDA’s Roadmap calling for the country to –

  • Adopt A Coherent, Balanced and Pro-Filipino Development Compass,
  • Rebuild the Nation’s Fences,
  • Build Up the Nation’s Productive and Competitive Capacity,
  • Unleash the People’s Productive Capacity, and
  • Develop a culture of Industrialism, Tangkilikan, Excellence and Economic Nationalism

The measures under the 5-point agenda should form part of the official National Competitiveness Strategy (NCS), according to PELSPI.

PELSPI  actively seeks the help of the academe, particularly the University of the Philippines – School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP – SOLAIR), as a third partner, to help facilitate the planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of the specific labor-management projects.

Finally, PELSPI will facilitate meetings and forums formalizing each and every stakeholder’s commitment to a common future. Helping instill in everyone involved the necessary mindset and making everyone aware of the foregoing premises and principles of social partnership.

PELSPI will be having a launching press conference on April 25 at SAVORY Restaurant, 201 Escolta, Binondo, Manila from 10 AM to 12 NN.

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