Labor, management and the government in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) recently forged a social accord to prevent labor disputes in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said as it called on workers and employers to also collaborate in preventing labor disputes and industrial disruptions that could stall economic activities and affect business growth and workers’ jobs.

Labor Undersecretary Manuel G. Imson, in a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, said the tripartite partners in Region 8 agreed on a Social Accord for Industrial Harmony and Stability providing for the tripartite partners to make mutual adjustments and sacrifices to prevent labor disputes and maintain industrial peace in the region.

Imson said the social accord was forged in response to the President’s call to concerned sectors to help and push for initiatives maintaining industrial harmony to stabilize the economy.

According to Imson, labor and management in Eastern Visayas agreed to strictly comply with all labor standards and collective bargaining agreement (CBA) provisions including those providing for decent wage, better benefits and security of tenure. They also agreed to exhaust all administrative remedies including the use of Labor Management Council (LMC) and the grievance machinery in resolving grievances and labor disputes.

He said government sector signatories to the accord agreed to provide information and counseling to both labor and management prior to taking proper cognizance over certain issues and to strengthen partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units to promote employment generation, facilitation, enhancement, and preservation.

Under the accord, Imson said, the DOLE would intensify its functions in the operations of the Quick Response Team adding the social partners also agreed to jointly undertake advocacy, labor education for workers and management, and productivity enhancement programs, with the private sector spearheading the provision of fora and government sector providing technical assistance and resource persons.

The social partners also agreed to fully implement policies and issuances on the employment of women, children and differently abled persons.

At the same time, parties to the accord agreed to intensify social dialogues to address problems on productivity, competitiveness, industrial peace, and compliance with existing labor standards on a tripartite basis.

The accord has been implemented and will remain valid until its amendment or revision by mutual consent of the parties, Imson said adding that a Tripartite Assistance and Supervising Committee (TASC) would be created consisting of signatories to the accord to monitor the accord’s implementation and the tripartite partners’ compliance to its provisions.

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