Middle East and Northern Africa Team

Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting

 JILAF invited a total of 11 persons (including 4 women) from the Middle East and Northern Africa to visit Japan from November 6 to 19. The participants came from the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU), the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU), the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU), the Moroccan Federation of Labour (UMT), the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

 In the labour-related lectures, the participants learned about the Japanese labour movement, including the postwar history of Japanese trade unions and the annual spring labour struggle, as well as about such topics as the minimum wage system, labour legislation, and democratic trade union management. The participants, for whom labour-management confrontation is a premise, showed much interest in Japanese industrial relations and asked many questions.

 In their visit to RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), the participants received a lecture on gender equality policy. The women participants were mystified and asked questions about why the ratio of women in the labour force is so low despite the fact that Japan is an advanced country.

 In their visit to an industrial federation, the participants visited Zenkoku Gas (Federation of Gas Workers’ Unions of Japan), where they received a lecture on the state of the city gas business and the industrial federation’s activities. The participants deepened their understanding of the role of Zenkoku Gas in the annual spring labour struggle and its efforts toward the realization of industrial policies.

 The discussions with RENGO Fukuoka focused on the method of electing executives, the activities of the Youth Committee, and specific activities to promote the activities of female executives. As a workplace visit, the following day the participants went to the Toyota Motor Kyushu Miyata Plant, where, among other activities, they inspected the assembly line. In discussions with the labour union there, they asked questions about such topics as the labour-management consultation committee, collective bargaining, and efforts in the annual spring labour struggle, thereby gaining an understanding, in a practical manner, of the organization of company-based labour unions, which are the base of the Japanese trade union movement, as well as collective bargaining, the labour-management consultation committee, and so on.

 The participants also visited Fukuoka Hello Work Central, a public employment office, where they received an explanation of the operation of the employment insurance system and job introduction system in Japan. They then inspected the Young People’s Job Plaza Fukuoka, which houses the government-run Hello Work office and the prefecture-run Young People’s Support Center and 30s Challenge Support Center on one floor. The participants asked questions about such issues as the content of unemployment benefits and the ratio of jobseekers finding work, thus gaining a general view of Japan’s job-support administration.

 On the final day the participants gave presentations on what aspects of the training in Japan they wanted to utilize in their activities back home, which included unified negotiations like Japan’s annual spring labour struggle, introduction of the three guiding principles of productivity, and establishment of an organization to manage a mutual-aid system.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Zenkoku GasRENGO Fukuoka
Toyota Motor KyushuKyushu Association of Labour Banks
Zenrosai Kyokai (National Association for Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance)

Many thanks to everyone.

Middle East and Northern Africa Team Participants

Union Generale des Travailleurs Algeriens(UGTA)

1.NameAbdelkader Zoubir BEDBOUDI
 Name of organizationSyndicat d'entreprise URBAN Annaba
 PositionSecretaire Genaral
 Union experience8

Union Generale des Travailleurs Algeriens(UGTA)

2.NameLatefa Chahrazed CHIKHAOUI
 Name of organizationUnion de wilaya Naama
 PositionMembre de la commission femme travailleuses
 Union experience8

Union Generale des Travailleurs Algeriens(UGTA)

3.NameSarah HAMDANE
 Name of organizationCosider canalisation's trade union
 PositionMembre du syndicat
 Union experience8

General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions ( Hasan Abdulla Al-Halwachi)(GFBTU)

4.NameAbdulwahed Mohamed Ebrahim Alnajjar
 Name of organizationGeneral Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU)
 PositionAssistant secretary
 Union experience10

General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions ( Hasan Abdulla Al-Halwachi)(GFBTU)

5.NameHusain Abdulla Abdulnabi Ahmed
 Name of organizationBahrain Steel Trade Union
 PositionChairman
 Union experience10

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU)

6.NameAbdelfatah Ibrahim Abdelhamid Ibrahim
 Name of organizationThe Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU)
 PositionComunication department member
 Union experience6

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU)

7.NameSameh Abdelaal Abdelfatah Abouelsoud
 Name of organizationThe Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU)
 PositionComunication department member
 Union experience5

Union Marocaine du Travail (Moroccan Workers’ Union)(UMT)

8.NameMostafa EL MOUMEN
 Name of organizationUnion Marocaine du Travail (Moroccan Workers’ Union)(UMT)
 Positionmember of the administrative Commission
 Union experience20

Union Marocaine du Travail (Moroccan Workers’ Union)(UMT)

9.NameWail BOUNOU
 Name of organizationUnion Marocaine du Travail (Moroccan Workers’ Union)(UMT)
 Positionmember of the administrative Commission
 Union experience10

Union Generale Tunisienne du Travail (TUNISIAN GENERAL FEDERATION OF LABOUR)(UGTT)

10.NameDhouha ARFAOUI EP KOUKI
 Name of organizationTELEPERFORMANCE Trade Union
 PositionSecretaire Generale Adjoint
 Union experience9

Union Generale Tunisienne du Travail (TUNISIAN GENERAL FEDERATION OF LABOUR)(UGTT)

11.NameGhaith NAFTI
 Name of organizationUnion Generale Tunisienne du Travail Regional Trade Union
 PositionCoordinator Youth Committee
 Union experience6

Photos of Participants

Visit to Zenkoku Gas

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Visit to RENGO Fukuoka

Visit to Toyota Motor Kyushu Miyata Plant

Visit to the Fukuoka branch of the Kyushu Association of Labour Banks

Visit to Zenrosai Kyokai