The local executives of Metropolitan Cebu have banded together to immediately resolve industrial conflicts and prevent strikes in a bid to sustain Cebu as an investment and tourist destination, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said.

Acting Labor and Employment Secretary Manuel G. Imson said that Mayors Tomas R. Osmena, Thadeo Z. Ouano, Arturo O. Radaza, and Socrates C. Fernandez of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-lapu, and Talisay in Metro Cebu signed a manifesto declaring their support and solidarity with the tripartite mechanism that fosters labor and management harmony and prevents the escalation of industrial conflicts into strikes and lockouts.

The manifesto conveyed the Mayors’ declaration of support to the Metro Cebu Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (MCTIPC), Imson said adding that the manifesto was presented to employers and workers during the Labor Day celebration in Cebu last May 1.

The four mayors also serve as the chairperson of the TIPC in their respective localities.

Speaking before employers and workers in Cebu, the acting secretary said that the local government units (LGUs) of Metro Cebu as well as the officers and members of the MCTIPC demonstrated that partnerships and constructive engagement in dialogues and collaborative efforts between labor and management are possible at the local level.

He said that as active members of MCTIPC, the four LGUs of Metro Cebu would assist labor and management and serve as forum for communication for the social partners in resolving industrial conflicts and establishing areas of labor and management cooperation in Metro Cebu.

He hailed the social partners for ‘localizing’ tripartism and mainstreaming partnerships and social dialogues in their day-to-day activities. This effectively ensures that local problems are addressed by local solutions within the context of national priorities, he said.

“The active involvement of the social partners in Metro Cebu in promoting industrial peace boosts the national efforts in providing for an environment conducive to investments and business growth particularly in sustaining Cebu as an investment and tourist destination,” Imson said.

The acting secretary also inducted the officers of the Labor Tripartite Council in Education (LTCE).

The council was organized in 1996 to promote industrial peace and collaboration of labor and management in Metro Cebu schools and universities especially in resolving industrial problems, Imson said.

source: Information and Publication Service

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