Seminar on Green Jobs and Decent Work held in the Philippines

The JILAF and the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) jointly held a labour-management relations seminar in Tagbilaran on the island of Bohol in the Philippines on 19-20 July 2012. The main theme of the seminar, which was attended by 34 union leaders, was the environmental countermeasures of unions.

The aim of this seminar, which was being held for the third time on this theme, is to deepen understanding of the environmental protection efforts of unions so that, through sound labour-management relations, unions can make policy proposals relating to green jobs.

In the seminar, the speakers from the Department of Employment and Labour of the Philippines (DOLE), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and related organizations were invited, and there were sessions on topics such as (1) green jobs and decent work, (2) the approach of the Philippines to climate change and state of implementation, and (3) experience relating to green jobs, green practice, and decent work, as well as a factory visit. Through group discussions, presentations, and other activities, the participants shared information concerning issues that should be addressed by unions.

On the first day of the seminar, speakers from the government, the ILO, and related organisations gave lectures in which they stressed such points as “When development is promoted, there is an impact on the environment. Unions also have an important role to play, because environmental problems, climate change, employment, and social reforms are interrelated.”; “It is important to emphasize dialogue with employers in order to promote smooth employment changes, since structural changes in industry due to the promotion of green jobs can lead to a loss of jobs.”; and “The government is giving guidance to companies so that corporate activities give consideration to the environment and workers are protected.”

In addition, Mr. Akihiko Takiguchi, Director of the Social Policy Division of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), gave a lecture on RENGO’s experience related to green jobs, green practice, and decent work. Mr. Takiguchi introduced such activities as the RENGO Eco-life 21 initiative, which aims to establish an environment-friendly lifestyle for everyone.

On the second day, the participants considered action plans at the national, industrial, and workplace levels, stating opinions such as “Discussions related to green jobs are even more necessary in company-level activities” and “It is necessary to include an item relating to green jobs in the labour agreement.” Such opinions were reflected in action plans to be specifically implemented at the workplace level, which the participants presented at the seminar.

Indicating their future ambitions, the participants made comments such as “I want to organise seminars on decent work and green jobs” and “I want to commit myself to environmental protection as a social contribution and workplace environmental improvement with the cooperation between labour and management, by making sure that decent work and green jobs will be included in the collective agreement.”

Schedule

DateContents
07/19ThuLabour-management relations seminar (Day 1)
07/20FriLabour-management relations seminar (Day 2)

Photos of Participants

Visit to a Coca-Cola bottling factory

Illustration of water-saving efforts

Group discussions on the good points at the visited factory and points requiring improvement