Labor Education


Since 1980’s, EILER’s workers’ education curriculum has been geared towards enabling trade unions to respond to labor and social issues. EILER believes that labor education plays a key role in laying the foundation for empowering unions amid precarious working conditions.

Standard Courses

  1. Basic Labor Standards and the Dignity of Work

  2. Genuine Trade Unionism (GTU)

  3. Union Leadership and Teambuilding

  4. Union Administration, Grievance-handling & Shop-stewards’ Training

  5. CBA Tactics Training

  6. Basic Computer Literacy and Digital Security Training for Workers

  7. Lecture Series on Labor Issues:

    • Current Philippine Labor and Trade Union Situation

    • Living wage discussion

    • Neoliberal Globalization

    • Child labor in the Philippines

    • Labor and Gender Rights

    • Cultural Workshop for Workers and Trade Unionist

Round-Table Discussion on Union Education Network

As part of its general labor education program, EILER also formed the Round-Table Discussion on Union Education Network (RTD Network) in May 2009. RTD Network is composed education officers of some of the biggest independent unions in the pharmaceutical, banking and communications industries in the Philippines, such Citibank, HSBC, PNB, Allied Bank, RCBC, Wyeth-Pfizer, Mead-Johnson, United-Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, SkyCable (supervisorial), and PLDT (supervisorial). Its main concerns are on outsourcing, retrenchments and other job security issues.

A separate RTD Network committee has also been established in the Quezon City-Pasig-CAMANAVA area in partnership with the Labor Ministry of the Diocese of Novaliches. This is composed of independent and federated unions in the manufacturing and industrial services sector.

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