JILAF held a follow-up seminar in Dakar, Senegal, on July 18 with the participation of 68 persons, including 12 past participants in the JILAF Invitation Program and trade union leaders. It was the first time for JILAF to implement this seminar in Senegal.
The objectives of this follow-up seminar are (1) to investigate how past participants in the JILAF Invitation Program are putting what they studied in Japan to use in their activities back home and (2) to exchange opinions on the labour situation and labour movement in Japan and invitation partner countries so as to strengthen mutual solidarity and cooperation.
Speaking on behalf of local organizations, Deputy Secretary General of the National Confederation of Senegalese Workers (CNTS) expressed gratitude to JILAF for holding the follow-up seminar in Senegal and stated, “Participants in the JILAF Invitation Program have a good understanding of Japan’s labour-management consultation system and productivity movement. It was no accident that Japan achieved rapid development after the war. We intend to aim for development like Japan’s as well.”
After an introduction to JILAF, JILAF Executive Director Hisashige Danno gave a lecture titled “Trade Unions and Labour-Management Relations in Japan,” which prompted the participants to ask many questions about such issues as the state of organization expansion in Japan, methods of collective bargaining and labour-management consultations, and the social responsibility of unions.
Next, past participants in the Invitation Program delivered activity reports, making such comments as “We are considering the introduction of a Japanese-style labour-management consultation system,” “We held a seminar in the executive committee to promote the productivity movement and have written about the Japanese productivity movement in a trade union educational manual,” “While promoting the labour-management negotiation methods and workplace environment improvement methods that I learned about at JILAF, I am tackling productivity improvement and job creation,” and “I have reconfirmed the need for a democratic labour movement.”
Finally, the seminar ended with JILAF Executive Director Danno remarking, “In the face of such factors as the financial crisis in European countries, trends in Russia, China, and elsewhere, and the shift from globalization to regional economic blocs, the environment surrounding unions is changing and the role of unions is going to become increasingly important from now on. International cooperation means the supply of information and communication. In order to join forces toward the solution of problems, I hope that we can build solid relations between African countries and JILAF in the future.”
|07/16||Mon||Visit to UNSAS national center (National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Senegal)|
Visit to Senegalese Ministry of Labour; discussion with labour minister
|07/17||Tue||Visit to CNTS national center|
|07/19||Thu||Visit to Japanese Embassy in Senegal|
|07/20||Fri||Visit to railway workers’ union affiliated with the UNSAS; discussion|