Labour relations in the Philippines
Lead NCPGermany
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by DGB, representing the trade union EUBP-FFW, regarding the activities of Bayer AG, a German multinational enterprise operating in the Philippines.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date27 Jun 2003
Host country(ies)Philippines
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the final statement issued by the German NCP concluding the specific instance - 29 June 2007

In June 2003 The German NCP received a request for review from DGB, representing the trade union EUBP-FFW alleging that Bayer AGm, a German multinational enterprise, had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in the Philippines.

The request arose from the consequences of the unlawful recognition by a subsidiary of Bayer AG's recognition of one of two competing company unions as contracting parties to collective bargaining in the Philippines from 1998 to 2002. While Bayer Philippines again recognised EUBP-FFW as the lawful union upon a corresponding ruling by the Philippine Supreme Court in 2002, there continued to be objections to the consequences of the conflict from the perspective of the complainant, namely the DGB, which represented the interests of the EUBP-FFW.

The parties agreed on an amicable settlement of their differences including the withdrawal of court proceedings. The NCP issued a final statement and concluded the specific instance.