Reinvitation Team

Visit to Kikan Roren

 JILAF reinvited a total of six people (including two women) from Indonesia and Myanmar to visit Japan for seven days from November 27 to December 3.

 The program included an expanded Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting, in which the participants reported on the labour situation, industrial disputes, and trade union activities in their own countries, as well as the supply of information by trade union officials, an employers’ organization, and others and activities to deepen their understanding of labour issues and the state of trade unions in Japan today.

 In the labour-related lectures, the participants learned about recent employment and labour problems, the mechanism for resolving industrial disputes, and other topics. They asked a wide range of questions about such matters as vertical and horizontal (industrial federations and regional branches) ties in the organization of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), reasons for the gender wage gap, and details about the improvement of conditions for nonregular workers and their organization.

 The expanded Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting, held on November 30 and subtitled “Industrial Disputes amid Intensifying Global Economic Competition and Efforts to Prevent Them,” was attended by a total of 47 people, including trade union officials and representatives from the government and related organizations. The participants from Indonesia and Myanmar reported on the latest labour situation in their countries and gave examples of industrial disputes. The Indonesian side introduced examples of how disputes at foreign companies were settled through cooperation with industrial federations, the national center, and international industrial federations. The Myanmar side, meanwhile, reported on cases where dismissals at foreign companies were withdrawn and nonregular workers in the public sector gained regular status. Through wide-ranging opinions and questions, the audience emphasized the significance of building constructive industrial relations through labour-management consultations before the outbreak of industrial disputes, and the participants agreed.

 In their visit to an industrial federation, the participants visited Kikan Roren (Japan Federation of Basic Industry Workers’ Unions). In addition to learning about the structure and role of an industrial federation, in a presentation titled “The Role of Trade Unions in the Building of Constructive Industrial Relations,” they also received an explanation of the importance of relations of trust between labour and management based on the key words of “positive cycle.”

 In discussions with JILAF directors, the participants expressed various opinions and questions, such as a request for JILAF to become a mediating body at the time of industrial disputes; a comment that there should have been more opportunities for discussions during the program; a question about how trade unions should lobby the administration; and an expression of intent to convey the activities of Japan’s Central Labour Relations Commission back in Myanmar. Interest was also shown in university lectures by trade unions in the Institute of Labour Education and Culture. Furthermore, a participant from Indonesia who, during the previous visit, had expressed determination to expand organization as an action plan, gave an interim report on those activities. In response, JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo emphasized the importance of organization, adding that it is essential to train next-generation leaders for this purpose.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Kikan RorenFudo Tetra Corporation

Many thanks to everyone.

Reinvitation Team Participants

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU)  KONFEDERASI SERIKAT PEKERJA INDINESIA(CITU/KSPI)

1.NameRamidi
 Name of organizationNIWUF/SPN
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience22

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU)  KONFEDERASI SERIKAT PEKERJA INDINESIA(CITU/KSPI)

2.NameNani Kusmaeni Dodi
 Name of organizationFSPMI
 PositionVice President
 Union experience15

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU)  KONFEDERASI SERIKAT PEKERJA INDINESIA(CITU/KSPI)

3.NameArda Dasuki Amsar
 Name of organizationSp Itp(Indocement Labor Union)
 PositionR&D
 Union experience6

Conderation of Trade Unions-Myanmar(CTUM)

4.NameMyo Chit
 Name of organizationMyitnge Passenger Coach and Freight Coach factory worker
 PositionPresident
 Union experience4

Conderation of Trade Unions-Myanmar(CTUM)

5.NameTin Moe Khaing
 Name of organizationSakura Garment Co,LTD Basic Labour Organizaition
 PositionPresident
 Union experience4

Conderation of Trade Unions-Myanmar(CTUM)

6.NameYe Win Tun
 Name of organizationJapan Cartoon Box Manufacture Basic workers organization
 PositionAudit
 Union experience4

Photos of Participants

Visit to the Central Labour Relations Commission

Visit to Fudo Tetra Corporation

Visit to RENGO