About Us

The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) has been educating workers on the basic principles of trade unionism for more than three decades. In the 1980’s, the institution led in mass education and course development with its banner course, Genuine Trade Unionism (GTU). Since then, it has worked towards expanding the GTU network to new unions and independents, and building the capability of workers’ organizations through training of instructors, leaders and education officers.

EILER’s vision is for a society where human labor is equitably rewarded, social justice is upheld, the economy and politics is free from foreign domination, and workers and other toilers serve as the foundation of a genuine, broad-based democracy.

EILER’s mission is to actively promote workers’ initiatives for self-organization and empowerment through increasing participation in society’s economic, political and cultural life. Our mission base is comprised of both formal and informal labor in the Philippines, to be gradually developed into a broad workers’ movement grounded on an independent advocacy for better wages, jobs and democratic rights.

EILER’s institutional goal is to be a key resource and advocacy center for a broad spectrum of independent workers’ organizations in the Philippines, and networked strongly with other pro-workers institutions and grassroots labor organizations in the Asia-Pacific and other regions around the globe.