Labor and Employment Patricia A. Sto. Tomas during a courtesy call of Australian Ambassador Tony Hely and First Secretary Peta Dunn over the weekend said that the DOLE would be studying conciliation and mediation and other ADR processes in Australia to intensify its efforts in amicably settling disputes and fostering industrial peace in the country.

Sto. Tomas cited mediation and conciliation in Australia which have been very successful in resolving disputes. Social partners in Australia perceived the benefit of flexible negotiation processes like ADR which relieves strains on litigation cost.

The DOLE chief also discussed with Hely the Australian Skilled Migration Expo which is scheduled to be held in Manila on May 17, 2006.

The Australian Skilled Migration Expo which will also be held in other countries is designed to attract qualified workers to work and migrate in Australia. Australian employers will be provided the opportunity to meet people with skills and experience needed to fill industry requirements in Australia.

Workers needed in Australia include medical and dental personnel, IT specialists, accountants, engineers, mining workers, and trades persons such as electricians, carpenters, cabinet makers, cooks, welders, hairdressers, plumbers, mechanics, etc.

Attendance to the expo is by invitation only. Interested workers are asked to register first with the Australian Embassy website to be eligible for an invitation.

Source: Information and Publication Service

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