Reinvitation Team

JILAF reinvited a total of five persons (including three women) to visit Japan from September 25 to October 1.

The reinvitation team consisted of one person each from the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) of Singapore.

The focus of the theme-specific reinvitation program this time was gender equality. Through the program as a whole, the participants were able to deepen their understanding of current economic and social conditions in Japan and the Japanese labour movement.

In the labour-related lectures, the participants learned about equal employment opportunities for women in Japan, and in their visit to RENGO they were able to share the latest information concerning RENGO’s activities to promote gender equality. In addition, in their visit to an industrial labour organization and workplace, the participants were able to learn about the gender equality policies and activities of Service-Ryutsu Rengo (Japan Federation of Service and Distributive Workers Unions) and the Marui Group Union.

The highlight of the program was the speeches in a JILAF-sponsored international symposium titled “Gender Equality as a Growth Strategy: Present Situation in Asian Countries and the Role of Labour Unions.” This international symposium attracted about 100 participants, including representatives of labour unions, government organizations, universities and research institutes, corporate personnel departments, and nonprofit organizations. Although conditions differ by country, the participants were able to share recognition that the promotion of gender equality by both workplaces and unions is important for the achievement of sustained economic growth. Speeches on gender equality by male union executives were also refreshing and impressive. In the appraisal meeting, the participants commented that the symposium “was an extremely valuable experience” and “I want to put priority on gender equality activities in union activities in my own country.”

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Service-Ryutsu Rengo(Japan Federation of Service and Distributive Workers Unions (JSD))Marui Group Union

Many thanks to everyone.

Reinvitation Team Participants

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU)

1.NameMs.Pui Man LEUNG
 Name of organizationHong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU)
 PositionOrganizing Secretary
 Union experience4

Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)

2.NameMs.LEE Eun Ju
 Name of organizationFederation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)
 PositionDirector, Gender Equality Bureau
 Union experience22

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

3.NameMr.Mohd Roszeli BIN MAJID
 Name of organizationTenaga National Berhad Junior Officers Union (TNBJOU)
 PositionPresident and Vice President of MTUC
 Union experience19

Confederation of Mongolian Trade Union (CMTU)

4.NameMr.Amarsanaa ENEBISH
 Name of organizationConfederation of Mongolian Trade Union (CMTU)
 PositionHead of International Department
 Union experience14

Nationl Trade Union Congress(NTUC)

5.NameMs.LEE Siok Buea
 Name of organizationAir Transport Executive Staff Union
 PositionCommittee Member and NTUC Women''s Committee Member
 Union experience9

Photos of Participants

Visit to RENGO

Lecture on equal employment opportunities for women in Japan

Scene of the international symposium

Visit to Service-Ryutsu Rengo

Visit to the Marui Group Union

Meeting with JILAF President Takagi