Labour market governance and working conditions in the Philippines

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Labour market governance refers to a totality of policies, norms, laws, regulations, institutions, machinery and processes that influence the demand and supply of labour in an economy. Elements include the international labour standards system, labour law and policy reforms, effective social dialogue mechanism and tripartism, good industrial relations, labour administration and inspection system, and capacity building of workers' and employers' organizations.

Improved Labour Market Governance is a priority area under the Philippine’s Decent Work Country Programme. The ILO’s work programme include ratification of ILO Conventions and improving the legal framework to align with the requirements of ILO standards. The ILO continues to promote Conventions on industrial relations in the public sector, occupational safety and health (OSH), decent work for fishers, regulations governing private employment agencies, maternity protection and labour inspection. Social dialogue is a crucial element in adoption of legal and policy reforms, including wage policies, and in the realization decent work aspirations of specific categories of workers such as fishers, seafarers, migrant workers and domestic workers in the Philippines.

Labour enforcement in the Philippines is governed by its newly adopted Labor Law Compliance System (LLCS). It combines developmental and regulatory approach in promoting a culture of compliance on labour and OSH standards and encourages strategic partnerships with employers and workers in undertaking the tripartite joint assessments in establishments. The ILO seeks to improve working conditions of all workers by supporting improved implementation the labour law compliance system in the country.

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