International labour standards

Support GSP+ beneficiary countries to effectively implement international labour standards and comply with reporting obligations: Fact sheet

The European Union (EU) Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP+) Freedom of Association (FOA) and Collective Bargaining (CB) project focuses on better application of key ILO Conventions ratified by the Philippines, ILO Convention No. 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention and ILO Convention No. 98, Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention.

The project immediate objectives are: (a) the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Foreigh Affairs (DFA) have better awareness to promote compliance with FOA and CB principles while advancing investments, trade and inclusive growth; (b) the police and RTMB, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) and Administrative Order (AO) No. 35 Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) improve measures on investigation and monitoring to protect victims of violations of civil liberties and trade union rights on FOA CB; (c) improved capacity of the local government units (LGUs) and police to respect human rights, civil liberties and workers’ rights, during labour actions (strikes, lockout), based on 2011 and 2012 Guidelines; (d) workers representatives are better equipped to participate and contribute in the investigation and monitoring of trade union rights violations and to effectively use the 2011 and 2012 Guidelines in ending impunity; and (e) improved employers programmes to apply social dialogue based on FOA and CB principles and prevent violation of civil liberties and workers’ rights to better observe 2011 and 2012 Guidelines.