The National Alliance of Broadcast Unions (NABU) recently conducted another seminar that tackles grievance machinery functions and processes. The country\’s Queen City of the South, Cebu City, served as the latest stop for NABU\’s series of Grievance Handling seminars, which was held at the Institute of Religion and Culture, Philippines Hesed Seminar House in Guadalupe last September 13-14, 2011.
More than twenty shop stewards and officers from unions representing major broadcasting stations in the province of Cebu have joined in. These stations include ABS-CBN-2, IBC-13, ABC-5, IBM and PTV-4.
The LEARN Gender Program successfully held a seminar on Magna Carta of Women today, 10 September 2011, at the LEARN Workers\’ House in Quezon City. The activity also opened discussions on other issues surrounding women such as violence against women and children (VAWC), sexual harassment, reproductive health, women empowerment and women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC).
Close to forty (40) women participants from twelve (12) organizations in Mega Manila came. Being more committed to assert and defend women\’s rights and issues, the women leaders and officers vowed to disseminate the lessons and insights that they acquired during the seminar to their fellow members of their respective organizations.
In its effort to protect the rights of media workers in the Philippines, the Labor Education and Research Network has again carried out another labor education activity involving media men and women under the umbrella organization National Alliance of Broadcast Unions or NABU. The 2-day seminar was done at the Star Plaza Hotel in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on August 26-27, 2011.
Present in the activity were twenty-one participants coming from various ABS-CBN-2, GMA-7, ABC-5 and PTV-NBN-4 stations in the northern part of Luzon. All of them are shop stewards from these three huge broadcast networks in the Philippines that have been longtime partners of NABU in its education and organizing activities. Participating stations were from the cities of Dagupan, Olongapo, Baguio, Laoag, and Tuguegarao.
A Basic Grievance Handling Seminar, undertaken mostly by shop stewards and officers of trade unions, usually involves the task of equipping unions with a functional mechanism to address grievance cases filed by employees against their employers or vice versa. The task of shop stewards forms an integral part of the so-called grievance machinery that facilitates labor-related cases within a unionized company. Once cases are resolved at this level, workers may opt not to file charges in the proper courts anymore.
An active member of LEARN, NABU is the first and only broadcast federation in the Philippines and also considered as the only broadcast formation in Southeast Asia. Among its founding members are the following labor unions: RVEU and RVSU in Radio Veritas; ABS-CBNEU and ABS-CBN Global in ABS-CBN; PTEA/NBN in PTV-4, ABC-5EU in ABC-5; GMAEU in GMA-7; RPNEU and RPNDSU in RPN-9; and IBCEU and IBCSDU in IBC-13.
The Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), in cooperation with the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), conducted a three-day Specialized Course on Paralegal Training for Personnel, Officers and Shop Stewards of Local Affiliates of the Alliance of Filipino Workers. This training was held from August 18 to August 20 at Sitio Lucia Training Center and Hotel Resort in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
The training course gathered around 30 participants from AFW affiliates in about ten (10) major hospitals in the National Capital Region and nearby Mega Manila areas. The AFW is formerly known as the National Hospital Employees Association (NHEA), which was established in 1973.
LEARN’s Paralegal training offers basic sessions and lectures on paralegalism, labor and trade union rights, grievance handling and machinery, labor dispute settlement, labor laws and the judicial system, and the history of the trade unions’ struggle.