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Recognizing non-standard employment relations, the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Bureau of Labor Relations, in coordination with the International Labour Organization (ILO) – Manila Office, conducted a 5-day course on evolving forms of employment relationships and decent work on October 5-9, 2015 at the One Tagaytay Hotel.

The 5-day course is an extensive training that introduces the participants to the Forms and Features of Non-standard Employment Relationships, Ambiguous and Disguised Forms of Employment Relationships, Agency Work, and Part-time Work. The course generally aims at strengthening the capacity of the public institutions, social partners, and other stakeholders in using international labour standards to enhance labour rights and social protection of workers in ‘non-standard’ employment relationships.

“The course is timely as it will provide a better understanding on Employment Relations concepts which are no longer the same as before. We [the stakeholders] shall keep pace with the new trends in the workplaces so that we will not be left behind”, said Director Benjo Santos Benavidez of the BLR during the opening ceremony.

Participants were composed of representatives from the DOLE bureaus and attached agencies, the Civil Service Commission, the labor and employers’ sector, and members of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and Tripartite Executive Committee.

Workshops and other group activities were given to the participants which enabled them analyse the trends concerning patterns of employment relationships, gain insights into the main policy debates and legal developments concerning the protection of workers in ‘nonstandard’ employment relationships at the international and regional level, and consider different national approaches to protecting the above categories of workers. These were facilitated by experts in the field who also work for the International Training Centre, namely Mr. Craig Bosch, Mr. Halton Cheadle, Mr. Jajoon Coue and Ms. Tzehainesh Tekle.

Expecting a productive week for the participants, Director Benavidez challenged them to apply what they will learn to craft reforms on flexibility of employment that will be mutually beneficial for workers and the employers.

 

END/John Christopher P. Lapiz