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ILO mission will be supported by DOLE in resolving workers’ issues

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) pledged its full cooperation and help to the High-Level Tripartite Mission (HLTM) authorized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), particularly in resolving employees’ issues.

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said in a statement on Tuesday that since July of last year, discussions have been held with various labor groups about the concerns the mission hopes to address.

He continued by saying that creating a tripartite roadmap and action plan in conjunction with the relevant government agencies, as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations, is one of their top goals for this year.

The HLTM is a three-person, independent body with one representative from each of the three groups: workers, businesses, and governments. In light of long-standing complaints made against the Philippine government related to the implementation of ILO Convention 87, it was established at the 2019 International Labor Conference (ILC).

Allegations of extrajudicial killings, violence, intimidation, red-tagging and harassment against workers who were exercising their right to establish unions by state authorities are among them, as are potential legal changes to strengthen the rights of workers to organize.

The head of DOLE also stated that the organization that would conduct further investigations into whether the Philippine government is in conformity with ILO Convention No. 87 has been warmly welcomed (Freedom of association and protection of the right to organize).

Convention No. 87, which the Philippines ratified in 1953, grants employees and employers the freedom to form and join associations of their choice without first obtaining permission from any official government body. The promise is reaffirmed in the Constitution of the Philippines and put into practice by the Labor Code.

The HLTM is tasked with gathering more information and recommending potential assistance to the Philippine government in order for it to take immediate and effective action in four particular areas. From Monday through Thursday, it will meet with the DOLE, other government agencies, and workers’ and employers’ organizations.

— Actions to stop violence when workers’ and employers’ organizations engage in their legal activities;

— Investigating claims of violence against workers’ organization members in order to uncover the truth, establish responsibility, and punish the offenders;

— The implementation of monitoring organizations;

— Measures in line with Convention No. 87 to ensure that all workers, without exception, are entitled to form organizations of their choosing.

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