Book 5 – Title 1 – Chapter 1



Chapter I – POLICY


Art. 211. Declaration of Policy.

  1. It is the policy of the State:
    1. To promote and emphasize the primacy of free collective bargaining and negotiations, including voluntary arbitration, mediation and conciliation, as modes of settling labor or industrial disputes;
    2. To promote free trade unionism as an instrument for the enhancement of democracy and the promotion of social justice and development;
    3. To foster the free and voluntary organization of a strong and united labor movement;
    4. To promote the enlightenment of workers concerning their rights and obligations as union members and as employees;
    5. To provide an adequate administrative machinery for the expeditious settlement of labor or industrial disputes;
    6. To ensure a stable but dynamic and just industrial peace; and
    7. To ensure the participation of workers in decision and policy-making processes affecting their rights, duties and welfare.
  2. To encourage a truly democratic method of regulating the relations between the employers and employees by means of agreements freely entered into through collective bargaining, no court or administrative agency or official shall have the power to set or fix wages, rates of pay, hours of work or other terms and conditions of employment, except as otherwise provided under this Code. (As amended by Section 3, Republic Act No. 6715, March 21, 1989)

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