The UP Industrial Relations Alumni Association (UP-IRAA) Inc. is a chapter of the U.P. Alumni Association (UPAA) based at the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR).
The UP-IRAA members are graduates of Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and Diploma in Industrial Relations (Dip. in IR) of UP SOLAIR.
UP-IRAA has an office at UP SOLAIR, Student & Alumni Social Hall (SASH), Bonifacio Hall,
UP SOLAIR alumni and students with U.P. President Emerlinda R. Roman.
President- Prof. Emma Valeros-Cruz
Vice President- Mr. Adolfo A. Nisperso, Jr.
Secretary- Ms. Mithi Sandalo
Public Relations Officer- Mr. Jack Fortuno
Treasurer- Ms. Lyn Dimaano
Asst. Treasurer- Ms. Letty Recalde
Faculty Advisers- Prof. Zenaida Bejasa, Ph.D.
Dean Jorge V. Sibal
Past Presidents- Prof. Luz Co-Laguitao
Prof. Arthur Luis P. Florentin
Dean Jorge Sibal, Ms. Emma Cruz, Ms. Letty Recalde, Mr. Art Florentin, Prof. Bobbie Co-Laguitao, Prof. Zeny Bejasa and Prof. Andy Nisperos at the UP SOLAIR facade entrance
IIRA becomes ILERA: International Labour and Employment Relations Association
Dear PROF SIBAL (ilera Membership No.: 642),
We are pleased to announce that our association has changed its name -- from the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) to the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).
Why the change in name?
When the IIRA was established in 1966, the founding members hailed mostly from English speaking countries, At the time, the label “industrial relations” referred to relations between employers and workers, with a focus on relations in unionized companies and in the public sector. Since 1966 the range of issues covered at IIRA congresses has broadened. At the same time, it seems that in many English speaking countries the label “industrial relations” has come to have a narrower meaning. As a result, many persons looking at the name of the Association assumed that it covered only employer-worker relations in unionized companies, and were unaware that IIRA members also are interested in a broad range of issues. Moreover, since 1966, there have been significant changes in labour markets, in part due to new technologies and globalization. The Association has also become increasingly relevant in developing countries where many persons work in the informal economy.
Over the years, the association has broadened the scope of subject matter to issues such as the transnational movement of labour, non-standard work, labour market regulation and trade and labour standards, and discrimination in employment. Many felt that there was a need for our name to reflect this new world of work, the broader subject matter and the reality of developing country labour markets. The new name refers to ‘labour’ to include all those who work whether in paid employment, self employment or the care economy. It covers people and work - and not only work. It also aligns the Association more clearly with the International Labour Organization including the very broad range of subject matter found in ILO conventions. The term ‘employment relations’ is used to describe all types of workplace relations and is intended to be broader than the industrial or manufacturing sector.
How was this decided?
Although the name of the association had been discussed for about a decade, a formal proposal to change the name was first put forward during the 14th World Congress in
How will this change the way we work?
The Association will continue its rich interdisciplinary tradition, linking the academic and policy making communities. We will continue to focus on traditional issues and also ensure that we evolve and respond to new and emerging issues in the world of work. With the new name, we hope to reach new scholars and policy makers around the world.
Janice Bellace, President
Tayo Fashoyin, Secretary
The website of the ilera will remain posted at www.ilo.org/iira until 31.12.2010.
The new e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
ilera, previously IIRA, c/o Industrial and Employment Relations Department (DIALOGUE), International Labour Office (ILO) 1211