Labour-Management Relations and Productivity Seminar (PROGRESS) in the Philippines

The JILAF and the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines–International Trade Union Confederation (TUCP-ITUC) held a labour-management relations and productivity seminar (PROGRESS) on 23–27 July in Manila, the Philippines. About 20 trade union leaders and others participated.

The aim of the PROGRESS seminar is the establishment of constructive labour-management relations through the productivity movement. The participants are expected to disseminate what they have learned with the special materials designed for the programme and what they have experienced through the programme

The seminar, which normally lasts for four days, was reorganized as a five-day programme upon the request of the TUCP-ITUC, and covered thetopics such as (1) globalisation and the role of trade unions, (2) the Philippines’ economy and companies’ observance of core labour standards, (3) 5S and kaizen activities leading to work improvement and increased revenue, and (4) collective bargaining and fair profit distribution.

In his keynote lecture, analysing the current situation in the Philippines, Mr. Hisashige Danno, Executive Director of the JILAFsaid, “As shown by various economic indicators, the current wave of globalisation is bringing about the reconstruction of Asia. We have entered an era in which the Philippines and other surrounding countries are achieving economic growth together. To a great extent, the economic growth occurring in the Philippines is dependent on the multinational enterprises of the major developed countries, which possess capital and technology.” And he continued, “In this background, in order to improve the living conditions of workers in the Philippines, it is necessary to build a current of sustainable economic development through the growth of multinational enterprises centered on productivity improvement and the fair distribution of profits to workers.”

The participants visited a wheelchair manufacturing factory of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House with No Steps), an organisation supporting disabled people on the outskirts of Manila, where, through a 5S patrol in the factory, they practiced and deepened their understanding of sorting, putting in order , cleaning, and kaizen methods.

The participants made comments such as “I want to set up a forum for labour-management consultations in order to promote productivity movement through cooperation between labour and management” and “I understood that constructive labour-management relations mean growth by both labour and management.” The JILAF hopes the building of constructive labour-management relations centered on productivity movement will further spread in workplaces and lead to better living conditions for workers.

※PROGRESS = PROGram on Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work
※The 5S principles refer to the first letters of five Japanese words: seiri (sort), seiton (set things in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardize), and shitsuke (sustain).


07/23TueSeminar day 1 (globalization, labour-management relations, and the role of trade unions)
07/24WedSeminar day 2 (corporate social responsibility, the meaning of productivity, 5S and kaizen activities, etc.)
07/25ThuSeminar day 3 (factory visit, 5S practice)
07/26FriSeminar day 4 (productivity and fair distribution, mock collective bargaining)
07/27SatSeminar day 5 (dialogue with employers, compilation of action plans)

Photos of the Participants

Lecture on 5S and kaizen activities

Group work on 5S and kaizen activities

5S patrol

At the wheelchair factory

Proposals for improvement

Mock collective bargaining