U.P. Industrial Relations Alumni Association (UP-IRAA)

Welcome to UP SOLAIR Alumni Website


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, E. Jacinto St. cor R. Magsaysay Ave., UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101, tel-fax no. 9207717 (Ms. Fina Lumpas) and email ir204@yahoo.com (Prof. Jorge Sibal).

UP SOLAIR alumni and students with U.P. President Emerlinda R. Roman. 

Officers and Trustees (2010)

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

International Labour and Employment Relations Association

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 Lima in 2006. Then on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the IIRA at the 8th European Regional Congress in Manchester, United Kingdom in September 2007, a special panel discussion was organized on: “IIRA: past and Future. What next for the International Industrial Relations Association?.”  After a robust and rich discussion, it was decided that the Executive Committee should propose a new name for the association.  During the 15th World Congress in Sydney in August 2009, the Executive Committee proposed that the name be change to ‘The International Labour and Employment Relations Association’.  This was approved by the Council.  The Executive Committee met during the 9th European Regional Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2010 and decided that the new name would come into effect on 1 July 2010.  It also approved the new logo.

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 ilera@ilo.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 Geneva 22, Switzerland. Tel.: +41 22 799 7371, Fax: +41 22 799 8749, E-mail: ilera@ilo.org, www.ilo.org/iira