National Summit on Education and Labor

for Social Transformation





















NATOW TEACHERS’ SUMMIT 2019 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


The Teachers Summit, meeting in Quezon City on 15 September 2019, adopts this Conclusions and Recommendations -- addressing our concerns to ensure a Future of Work consistent with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, decent work, and with the goals and objectives of NATOW and its affiliated and associated organizations;

Calls on government, including the two houses of Congress, employers, and workers, for concerted action to redress broad inequities in opportunities, incomes and wealth;

Economic and social inequities, with the continuing scandal of economic growth without gains in job security, real wages and incomes for the overwhelming majority of economic stakeholders;

Our country’s failings in freedom of association and collective bargaining; on laws, regulations and practices inconsistent with UN and ILO international conventions, including those limiting restrictions on organizing and registration of unions; slow labor justice; and flawed practice of tripartism;

Stop inequitable practices on “endo”, insecurity of tenure, inequitable non-standard forms of employment and difficult informal employment, disguised as liberalizing actions to bring labor standards up to 21st century realities;

Rationalize regularization of teachers and office workers, trained and experienced for many years, in line with the rest of the private sector, whose workers trained and experienced for much shorter periods, are regularized after only one year of continuous employment;

Depart from preoccupation with minimum wages, and to shift measures towards progressive attainment of the Constitutionally-mandated Living wages, along the lines of ASEAN Fight for +50, and meaningful social protection;

Wide-ranging tripartite consultations on providing and preserving Skills for employment, and for preparation of workers, enterprises and communities around informal sector economies -- for disruptions associated with automation, robots and future types of work, including active labor market policies reached through genuine tripartite consultations; on education modes and media in step with fast developments in technology and practices in work;

Set numerical targets and implementable action plans for women and youth participation in leadership and operations, and in social dialogue mechanisms and decision-making processes, including in communities, particularly sectoral participation in LGUs;

Strengthen laws and regulations, and developing targets and action plans,

to achieve gender equality, prevent and end violence and harassment,

discriminatory recruitment practices, pay gaps and unfair bias;

including ratification of ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment;

legislation and administrative measures for enterprise-based mechanisms against violence and harassment; strengthening implementing measures of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710);

Advocacy for implementing family-friendly workplace policies and practices,

Including the new expanded maternity leave act, the universal health care law,

the HIV and AIDS act of 2018, and increasing paternity leave;

Further democratize access to free and quality public education for all, and most priority allocation in the government budget for these items;

Improve school infrastructure in accordance with at least the minimum requirements under existing laws, unlike in many places where schools are perceived to function as mere holding and custodial facilities for children and students;

Curriculum should include Human rights with emphasis on the rights of workers, women’s rights and child rights.

Promote schools which are inclusive for all and safe and progressive for administration, teachers, support persons, students and their families;

Further professionalize and upskill teachers and education support personnel;

Preserve academic freedom and improve practices in promoting such;

Low-cost modes of implementing action on climate change and achieving climate justice, and more attention to just transition for sectors, enterprises and workers who will be seriously affected;

Collecting data, carrying out research on these priority areas, including baseline information and on progress of action by stakeholders, and their effective dissemination through appropriate traditional and social media and information technology.

All these we earnestly ask.