Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Laos

Opening address

 JILAF, together with the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), held a two-day industrial relations and labour policy seminar in the Lao capital of Vientiane on July 5–6. The seminar was attended by 62 people, including officials of the LFTU and representatives of the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), an organization of employers.

 In opening addresses, JILAF Executive Director Takao Yasunaga and LFTU Vice-President Simoun Ounlasy outlined the purpose and objectives of the seminar, expressed their expectations of the meeting, and stressed the importance of constructive industrial relations.

 Next, in a lecture titled “The Role of the Japanese Labour Movement and Issues,” JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga explained such topics as (1) the origins of Japanese trade unions, (2) the present state of Japanese trade unions, and (3) the function and role of Japanese trade unions, as well as, among other things, their specific experience in building constructive industrial relations and making efforts to ensure employment stability. Expressing their approval of Japan’s constructive industrial relations, the participants gave their views and asked questions about such matters as the merits of organization for workers, the role of trade unions toward improvement of the social security system, and the mechanism of minimum wages and decision-making process.

 Lectures were then given by an LNCCI director and the head of the Social Insurance Promotion Department of the Social Insurance Agency under the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Director General Ounkham Boungnaseng of the Labour Protection Department at the LFTU spoke about the approach of trade unions to the protection of workers.

 After that, the participants divided into five groups for group discussions and the compilation and presentation of action plans on the themes of “The protection of workers through the building of constructive industrial relations” and “Proposals for improvement of the social security system.” The group presentations included such suggestions as (1) the separation of collective bargaining and labour-management consultations toward the building of constructive industrial relations, (2) the promotion of three-way dialogue between the government, labour, and management toward improvement of the social security system, (3) efforts toward compliance with the labour law and social security law, and (4) the organization and protection of regular workers.

 Finally, wrapping up the two-day seminar, JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga again emphasized the importance of constructive industrial relations and stated, “The more people there are who support one another, the more possible it is to protect workers, including social security improvements.”

Schedule

DateContents
07/05WedIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar day 1
07/06ThuIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar day 2

Photos of Participants

Group photo with participants from Vientiane

Group photo with participants from the regions

Scene of the seminar

Lecture by JILAF

Group discussions

Presentation of action plan