The BUREAU OF LABOR RELATIONS covers the important aspects of labor relations. We set the environment for a healthy relationship by making both the employer and the employee aware of their rights and obligations (using LEES). We promote collective negotiations (by advocating the right to self-organization). We provide mechanisms to fix strained relationships through adjudication. Most of all, we foster an environment where employers and employees can reach a compromise regarding their issues and contribute in policy-making (through the TIPC). We are an embodiment of the President’s overarching goal of promoting industrial peace based on social justice.

History 

The Bureau was established on January 16, 1957 pursuant to Executive Order No. 213 and the Organization Plan 20-A. It took over the Conciliation Service and the Registrar of Labor Organizations created under R.A. 875 and served as a planning, policy making, consultative and advisory body in the promotion and maintenance of industrial peace.

To date the Bureau continues its mandate to develop policies, programs, projects, operation guidelines and standards relative to labor-management relations.

The Bureau also provides advisory to the Office of the Secretary and the Regional Offices on administration and enforcement of laws pertaining to labor-management relations including worker’s organization, registration, and development and resolution of appealed inter- and intra-union disputes. 

Mandate 

      1. National registry of unions and CBAs;
      2. Formulate regulatory and developmental policies, standards, guidelines and programs promoting the right to organize, including collective bargaining and improvement of the income of workers and their organizations;
      3. Lead agency in workers and employers education;
      4. Adjudicate inter- and intra-union disputes;
      5. Promote bipartism and tripartism; and
      6. Formulation and implementation of programs that strengthen trade unionism to achieve industrial peace.

Mission 

1. As a registry.

        • To gather, generate, process and interpret relevant, timely and accurate labor relations information for policy-makers, decision-makers, unions, employers and the public at large.

2. As a policy-making and program development agency.

        • To provide workers with expeditious procedures in the formation and registration of unions or other workers’ organizations, as well as in collective bargaining negotiations.
        • To provide unions with clear policies, procedures and guidelines in the administration of their internal activities and at the same time respecting union autonomy.
        • To provide parties to inter-union, intra-union, and other disputes with expeditious and non-litigious procedures in the management and resolution of disputes.
        • To initiate and recommend, after consultation with employers and workers, appropriate legislative proposals on labor relations.
        • To strengthen trade union and other workers’ organizations through the provision of accessible facilities as well as training, educational and technical assistance.
        • To provide livelihood assistance as a means of enhancing income, income opportunities and employment generation.

3. As the lead agency for labor education.

        • To provide workers and employers, organized or unorganized, with updated information on their rights, obligations, and benefits using various forms of information and communication
        • To source funds for setting up programs for the private sector intended to encourage them to become partners with the government in the conduct of labor education.

4. As a dispute adjudication agency.

        • To resolve disputes with finality within twenty (20) days from submission of the case for resolution, but in no case to exceed forty-five (45) days from filing of the case in appealed cases and two months in original cases, and to keep the dockets current.
        • To have a zero-reversal rate of appealed decisions of the Bureau.
        • To execute all the Bureau’s decisions promptly and in full.

5. As an advocate of bipartism and tripartism.

        • To provide the agenda for the social partners for sustaining a mechanism for dialogue, consultation and information exchange toward building consensus and action plans on social and economic issues, policies and programs.
        • To initiate the development of programs to encourage workers and employers to set up bipartite and tripartite mechanism for open communication, information and responsibility sharing and joint decision-making.

6. As a social partners of workers in national development.

        • To strengthen trade unionism and other workers’ organizations by promoting programs through the provision of accessible information facilities as well as training, education and technical assistance.