JILAF and the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU) jointly held a seminar on labour-management relations and productivity (PROGRESS) in Surabaya on the island of Java, Indonesia, on November 27–30 with the participation of 34 trade union leaders.
The PROGRESS seminar aims to promote labour-management negotiations and establish constructive labour-management relations through the productivity improvement movement (the so-called 5S and kaizen practices). It is expected that participants will become instructors themselves and disseminate the knowledge and experience acquired through the program in their own workplaces.
The four-day seminar consisted basically of lectures and practical sessions on (1) the role and new challenges of trade unions, (2) labour standards and constructive industrial relations, (3) productivity movement and trade union, and (4) social dialog and collective bargaining.
One participant remarked, “It was a very practical and easy-to-understand seminar including such activities as the 5S factory patrol and mock collective bargaining. I definitely want to disseminate them in my workplace.” Another commented, “Until now I had believed that the role of trade unions was to urge management to improve wages and working conditions, but in this seminar I learned for the first time about the importance of constructive labour-management relations. It was very useful indeed.”
※PROGRESS = PROGram on Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work
※The 5S principles refer to the first letters of five Japanese words: seiri (sort), seiton (set/put things in order), seiso (shine/clean), seiketsu ( standardize), and shitsuke ( sustain/discipline).