International Labor Foundation (JILAF) celebrated the 20th anniversary of
its establishment and held commemorative symposium on "The New Era of Development
Cooperation in the Fields of Society and Labor and the Role of JILAF "In
Tokyo on April 10, and 210 people gathered to symposium.
The First Part,
Greeting and Proposals
of JILAF's 20th birthday
|people joined the
|Mr. Takagi, JILAF
President, making a speech
|Mr. Maeshima, emeritus
professor of Tokai Univ., serving as a coordinator for panel discussion
President of JILAF, Br. Takagi greeted as follows, on behalf of the organizer,
"When JILAF was established, the Berlin Wall fell down and the cold war
came nearly to the end. Understanding that the existence of a free, and
democratic trade union movement and independent workers are important to
build up sustainable labor market, economic growth and a fair and equitable
society, we have operated our activities for these twenty years.
We will continue to promote such projects as useful to an international
framework to fulfill the dignity of labor and a fair and equitable society.
We would like to ask you for the support to us."
And then, the General Secretary of the RENGO (JTUC) Br. Koga made
a proposal titled "The role of the RENGO in development cooperation activities
and its expectation to JILAF" and stated "I participated in the Trade Union
Summit held in Rome. We can never forget that those who have been suffered
from the most serious damage through the worldwide economic crisis are
the workers in developing countries who can not receive benefits under
poor safety nets. JILAF is working on various activities (1) occupational
safety and health (2) labor-management relations (3) worker education activities
(4) gender equality (5) child labor and (6) HIV/AIDS.
In the proposal titled "Expectation toward the Japan's Trade Union Movement
in Development Cooperation", Vice President of Japan International Cooperation
Agency (JICA) Mr. Oshima stated "The development cooperation activities
in the labor field do not stand out in comparison with economic infrastructure,
agricultural development, and health care. However, they are still important
from the view point of human security. As for the expectation to JILAF,
the following should be noted. (1) contribution to capacity-building of
developing countries, reflecting the comparative advantage of Japan (2)
support of measures against new situation of industrial accidents, occupational
disease etc. due to globalization and (3) strengthening of comprehensive
In the proposals titled "Expectation to Development Cooperation by RENGO
and JILAF", General-Secretary of ITUC, Br. Guy Rider stated, "By globalization,
many issues cannot be solved by one country, and the role of trade unions
is getting more important. ITUC places a major stress on the following
conducted by the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN), (1)
trade union aid effectiveness (2) trade union as development actions (3)
trade unions and multilateral development aid architecture (4) sharing
of information development cooperation among trade union actors. The worker's
solidarity is indispensable to work humanly. And I would like JILAF to
play a part in this activity."
At the panel discussion Professor Emeritus Maeshima of Tokai University
conducted as a coordinator. The Panelists are General Secretary of ITUC
Guy Rider, General Secretary of ITUC-AP Suzuki, General Secretary of ACILS
Ely Larson, Chairman of CITU Thamrin Mosii, and President of JILAF Takagi.
First, the following were taken up as the issues to discuss. (1) Meaning
of development cooperation by trade unions and their role. (2) How development
cooperation by trade unions should be. (3) Expectation to JILAF activities.
Following were made by the participants on the floor. "What cooperation
are NGOs and trade unions doing in foreign countries?" "The advanced trainers
who were trained in the JILAF seminars to improve workplace environment
are active in another country. ITUC shouldn't keep successful cases in
its data base?"
At the end, President of JILAF Takagi showed the following determination.
"We would like to reflect the comments and opinions expressed by the panelists
and the participants, in our activity. I believe that our activities will
contribute to the development of industries and enterprise and to the social
stability of developing countries. We should be aware that we play a part
of Japanese diplomacy and we would like to develop our activities for the
next ten years."