JILAF invited a total of 14 persons from 12 organizations in 9 Asian countries to visit Japan on July 8-14.
The team comprised one person from the Bangladesh Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-BC), one person from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), one person from the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), two persons from the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), one person from the Konfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (KSBSI), one person from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), one person from the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), one person from the Nepal Trade Union Congress-Independent (NTUC-I), one person from the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), one person from the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) of the Philippines, one person from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and two persons from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL).
Unlike usual invited teams, the All-Asia Team participants visited Japan with the aim of deepening their understanding of social security after receiving two weeks of basic training at the Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy.
At JILAF, a one-week program was organized so that the participants could gain an understanding of the practical labour movement in Japan and other topics through lectures on “Labour and Social Legislation” and “The Role of the Labour Movement in Japan and Issues” and visits to RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and an industrial federation and workplace. At the lectures and places visited, the participants, drawing comparisons with their own countries, asked many questions about and discussed collective bargaining and labour-management consultations, methods of concluding labour agreements, and so on.
In the visit to the ILO Japan Office, they heard an explanation by Director Keiko Kamioka about the activities of the office and then, using a teleconference system, held discussions in which the ILO Asia-Pacific Regional Office also took part. The participants engaged enthusiastically in the discussions with the aim of solving problems in their own countries.
In the industrial federation and workplace visit, the participants visited Denryoku Soren (Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Workers Unions of Japan) and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power), where they heard explanations of such topics as the organization structure and campaign policies of Denryoku Soren, volunteer activities in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and environment preservation measures to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases at coal-fired thermal power generation plants. In the discussions, the participants asked questions concerning such issues as the present state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the condition of the electric power industry, and the method of implementing labour-management consultations.
In the evaluation meetings, the participants asked questions to reaffirm their understanding of social security and labour legislation and made suggestions regarding the industrial federation and workplace visit. Their keenness to learn about labour-management relations in Japan and other matters was very evident.