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Metro Manila workers to get P21 daily wage hike

“Endo, wages, poverty and employment-labor market issues”

Philhealth contribution; Labor groups got mixed reactions on increase

PHL unemployment rate down 5.7 percent in April

The Philippines: Beyond Labor Migration, Toward Development and (Possibly) Return

Migrant workers deserve fair pay too

Republic Act 7322: Increasing Maternity Benefits in Favor of Women Workers in the Private Sectors

ITUC Global Rights Index 2017: Violence and repression of workers on the rise

German women earn one fifth less than men

Philippines’ Labor Export Policy in the Middle East: Time for a Big Rethink

Contractualization of labor as 2016 election issue

Pay hike for ‘kasambahay

Economy grew 5.9% in 2015, says survey

DoLE: Cagayan ecozone complies with labor laws

Senate approves extension of maternity leave to 100 days

Global unemployment to reach more than 200 million by 2017

Rebalancing a ‘one-third’ society - Rene E. Ofreneo

Other News

UPPEJA Fellow proposes reform of labor policies

UPD, Korean institutions promote regional prosperity



Invitation to a forum on
“Smart labor policy reforms—
lessons and emerging trends”

Date: October 20, 2017 (Friday) 1:30-4:00pm
Venue: UP School of Labor & Industrial Relations, E. Jacinto St., Diliman Quezon City

Labor reforms need to be “smart” in the age of disruptive technologies and ever-increasing integration of the global economy. Philippine labor laws were mostly enacted in the 1970s, in the context of the industrial age. In contrast, the gig economy and global productions chains with business process outsourcing (BPOs) as the platform have grown tremendously along with workers in non-typical employment. Despite the growth in global wealth, working conditions remain indecent for most workers in and out of standard employment. How can public policy makers introduce innovations through “smart” labor policy reforms? Can labour law in our age meet the dual challenges of job creation and better labour regulation? Or, is labour regulation utterly impotent and irrelevant to this phase of globalization?

GLU-SOLAIR Partnership


In 2016, the U.P. School of Labor and Industrial Relations officially became an associate institutional member of the Global Labour University (GLU), an international network of universities, trade unions, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). SOLAIR joins the Ruskin College in Oxford, U.K. in this category of membership in the GLU. Beginning October 2017, SOLAIR has partnered with the GLU in the conduct of two face-to-face workshops for each of the GLU Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy (, Decent Work in Global Supply Chains ( decent-work-in-global-supply-chains), and Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy (

For more information about the GLU partner network and the programs of the GLU, please visit: 314.html.
New Book

The informal economy in the Philippines: Perspectives, challenges and strategies on transition to formality
Informal Economy in the Philippines

In the Philippines, over three-quarters of all workers are found in the informal economy. As informal workers, either in the informal sector or in formal enterprises, they experience varying degrees of decent work deficit. Transitioning these workers from the informal economy to the formal economy is seen as a way to accord decent work and sustainable livelihood to these workers.

The informal economy in the Philippines provides an overview of the informal economy in the Philippines and highlights the challenges faced by specific groups of informal workers in transitioning to the formal economy. The authors identify some policies and measures adopted around the world that have enabled this transition or have stemmed the expansion of the informal economy. This book makes an important contribution to recent initiatives that seek to address the transitioning challenge

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International Labour Organization

Between Flexibility and Security: The Rise of Non-Standard Employment in Selected
ASEAN Countries

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Non-standard forms of employment are on the rise in many countries, including countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. This is one key finding of our study involving non-standard employment in formal enterprises in six ASEAN countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The need for numerical flexibility as a way to reduce the cost of longer-term employment is the main driver behind the decision of companies to use non-standard forms of employment. The demand for further flexibilisation of the workplace comes with the need for an adaptable and disposable workforce.

Online Course

Global Labour University and SOLAIR offer Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy.

The course is free of charge with access to all materials in the audit track. It will be launched on 24 October 2017, 9:00 pm.
See trailer.Information about the course here.
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