South Asia Team

JILAF invited 10 persons (including 6 women) from five organizations in three countries in South Asia to visit Japan from June 26 to July 9.

During their training, the participants engaged in a lively exchange of information about the labour situation in Japan and the participating countries. In the Rengo Okayama program, they showed much interest in health and welfare and the organization of women workers and nonregular workers in Japan and actively asked questions at the places visited.
In a joint session with the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), the participants received a lecture on "Constructive Labour-Management Relations and Productivity Improvement." In the following group discussions they had a lively exchange with management trainees, thereby deepening their understanding of the common interests of labour and management and differences between them.
At Denryoku Soren (Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Workers Unions of Japan), the participants received an explanation of the electric power situation in Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake and the efforts of labour unions. At the Isogo Thermal Power Station of Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER), which is affiliated with Denryoku Soren, they inspected the inside of the generation plant and had discussions with union executives. The participants asked about the fact that in Japan industrial federations of unions do not exercise their right of collective bargaining and showed much interest when they heard how enterprise-based unions exercise that right and unify their demands and timing of action in the spring labour offensive.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Rengo Okayama Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Labour Union, Mizushima Branch
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mizushima PlantAll Tenmaya Workers Union
Kurashiki City OfficeHello Work Okayama
Denryoku Soren Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER), Isogo Thermal Power Station
Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship

Many thanks to everyone.

South Asia Team Participants

ITUC-Bangladesh Council(ITUC-BC)  

1.NameMs.Khaleada Afroze
 Name of organizationSonali Bank Employees Union, JSL
 PositionWomen Secretary & JSL Executive Member
 Union experience15

ITUC-Bangladesh Council(ITUC-BC)  

2.NameMs.Syeda Azizun Naher
 Name of organizationBangladesh Railway Labour Organization, BLF
 PositionVice President & President of Women Committee of ITUC-BC, Central Executive Committee Member of BLF
 Union experience20

ITUC-Bangladesh Council(ITUC-BC)  

3.NameMs.Syeda Ferdous Ara
 Name of organizationBangladesh Jatiyo Bidyut Sramik Karmachari Union (BJBSKU), BJSD
 PositionWomen Secretary, Central Executive Committee & Executive Member of Women Committee of BJSD
 Union experience26

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)  

4.NameMs.Sarika Jain
 Name of organizationNorth Western Railway Employees'' Union (NWREU) - Ajmer
 PositionAssistant Divisional Secretary of North Western Railway Employees'' Union, Ajmer, Rajasthan & HMS Women Committee Member
 Union experience22

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)  

5.NameMr.Santoshkumar Pawar Pundlik
 Name of organizationWestern Railway Employees'' Union
 PositionVice Divisional Secretary of Western Railway Employees'' Union, Vadodara, Gujarat & Secretary of HMS, Gujarat State Council
 Union experience20

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)  

6.NameMs.Sheela Naikwade
 Name of organizationMaharashtra State Transport Kamgar Sanghatana (MSTKS)
 PositionVice President & Women Committee Member of HMS
 Union experience13

Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)  

7.NameMr.Arumugam Shanmugam
 Name of organizationBharat Heavy Electricals Trade Union
 PositionGeneral Secretary & Vice Secretary of India Metal Federation
 Union experience25

Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)  

8.NameMr.Vardharaj Venkatesh
 Name of organizationKarnataka State Workers Federation Committee
 PositionVice President of & Vice Chairman of All Indian Young Workers Council, INTUC
 Union experience8

Ceylon Workers'' Congress(CWC)

9.NameMs.Lalitha Malanie Maliduwa Liyanage
 Name of organizationCeylon Workers Congress (CWC)
 PositionDistrict Representative
 Union experience25

National Trade Union Federation (NTUF)  

10.NameMr.Wijekumaran Sinnathamby Pitchamuthu
 Name of organizationLanka Jathika Estate Workers Union (LJEWU)
 PositionAssistant Secretary & Committee Member of NTUF
 Union experience27

Photos of Participants

Visit to Rengo

Visit to the Japan Productivity Center

Reports on the labour situation in participating countries at the "Exchange of Views on Labour Situation" meeting

Visit to the Kurashiki City Office

Discussion with executives of the Mizushima Branch of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Labour Union

Experience of job hunting at Hello Work Okayama

Joint session with the AOTS

Visit to the Isogo Thermal Power Station of J-POWER

Visit to Denryoku Soren