Top-Level Meeting with the ACFTU
A meeting between JILAF and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) was held in China on August 23–27. The JILAF delegation was led by JILAF President Tsuyoshi Takagi.
JILAF’s schedule in China included, among other things, discussions with the ACFTU, talks between JILAF President Takagi and ACFTU Chairman Wang Zhaoguo, and a meeting with Fujian Provincial Committee of the Communist Party Secretary Sun Chunlan.
Discussions with the ACFTU
ACFTU Vice-Chairman Chen Hao attended the discussions between JILAF and the ACFTU. He gave an explanation of the economic situation in China and in particular the 12th five-year plan, the pillars of which are a shift to consumption-led growth, the fostering of new growth industries, and efforts toward regional development through the promotion of urbanization.
Top-Level Meeting between JILAF President Takagi and ACFTU Chairman Wang
The top-level meeting between JILAF President Takagi and ACFTU Chairman Wang took place in the Great Hall of the People. At the beginning, ACFTU Chairman Wang said, “I appreciate your efforts to develop labour unions in Japan and China when you served as president of Rengo [Japanese Trade Union Confederation]. The ACFTU emphasizes cooperative relations with Rengo and JILAF, and from now on also we intend to strengthen ties for the development of unions in our two countries.” In response, JILAF President Takagi said, “We are grateful for the assistance received from the ACFTU at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake.” He also stressed, “From now on as well, we must further develop friendly relations among Rengo, JILAF, and the ACFTU.”
Meeting with Fujian Provincial Committee of the Communist Party Secretary Sun Chunlan.
In the meeting, Secretary Sun Chunlan commented, “Nagasaki Prefecture and Fujian Province established friendship relations in 1982, and I am delighted that mutual exchange continues to be lively even today. At present, Fujian Province is following the Development Guidelines for the Taiwan Strait West Coast Economic Zone toward development of the marine economy, and good results are already appearing. The Fujian Provincial Federation of Trade Unions protects the legal interests of workers and has built enterprises with balanced labour-management relations. Stimulated by JILAF President Takagi’s visit to Fujian Province, I would like to promote exchange between workers in our two countries.”
Issues facing the ACFTU that were cited included expansion of the organization; the response to rural workers who are not engaged in agriculture (organization of the 10 million migrant workers in urban areas); and unionization in private-sector companies. The ACFTU’s priority efforts are the strengthening of industrial health and safety, the establishment of mutual-aid welfare programs for workers, and efforts to realize decent work. Regarding mutual-aid welfare programs in particular, the ACFTU will study Japan’s labour bank and Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives) projects and consider the introduction of such systems.
JILAF is scheduled to invite a China team to Japan from November 27 to December 3 for an international symposium. In this symposium, topics will be selected from among the issues facing the labour movements in Japan and China, JILAF, and the ACFTU.