Asia-Pacific Team

JILAF invited a total of 12 persons (including 7 women) from six countries in the Asia-Pacific region to visit Japan from June 2 to 15.

Through the labour-related lectures, the participants learned about the features of the Japanese labour movement and labour-management relations and the role of trade unions in Japan. In the lecture on “Social and Economic Development and the Role of Trade Unions,” they learned about the role of trade unions and the thinking of union leaders amid social and economic development and the progress of globalization, thereby increasing their self-awareness as union officers. In particular, they showed much interest in Japan’s spring labour offensive, labour legislation, and the situation of nonregular workers and positively studied the efforts of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and industrial federations to address the causes of the falling organization ratio.

In group discussions aimed at enhancing their negotiating skills as union executives, the participants discussed the issues of wages and working hours. Imagining the state of collective bargaining in their own countries, they engaged actively in discussions and were able to learn about negotiating methods to convince management, as well as the importance of leadership and teamwork.

In the workplace visit, part of the RENGO Ibaraki program, the participants visited the Hitachi Urban Planning and Development Systems Co. Mito Works, where they inspected the actual sites for manufacturing and testing elevators and observed the workplace environment. Afterward they had discussions with union executives, asking questions about such issues as the method of electing executives and wages for full-time union officers. Hearing about the democratic way of electing union officers in Japan, they clearly felt the difference with their own countries.

In a joint session with the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA), the participants heard a lecture on “Constructive Labour-Management Relations and the Productivity Movement.” In the group discussions that followed, they engaged in lively discussions with the HIDA participants (overseas trainees in charge of personnel and labour affairs), exchanging opinions on such topics as labour-management consultations, collective bargaining, and productivity improvement as seen from both labour and management perspectives. This was an extremely significant opportunity for the two sides, representing labour and management respectively, to engage in discussions together.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

RENGO IbarakiJob Café Ibaraki
Ibaraki Prefecture Labour BureauHello Work Mito
Hitachi Urban Planning and Development Systems Co. Mito WorksHitachi Workers’ Union Mito Branch
Food Rengo (Federation of All Japan Foods and Tobacco Workers’ Unions)Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA)

Many thanks to everyone.

Asia-Pacific Team Participants

Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)

1.NameMs. Krishnaveni HEGDAN
 Name of organizationIndian National Domestic Alied Workers Congress(INDAWU)
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience12

Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)

2.NameMr. Harjit SINGH
 Name of organizationIndian Iron & Steel Company Ltd.(IISCO)
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience30

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)

3.NameMs. Manjeet
 Name of organizationHind Mazdoor Sabha(HMS)
 PositionSecretary,All India Women''s Committee
 Union experience5

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)

4.NameMs. Viswanathan BAGYALAKSHMI
 Name of organizationIndian Railway,Southern Railway Construction Organisation
 PositionAssistant secretary
 Union experience8

Ceylon Workers' Congress(CWC)

5.NameMr. Ravindra SANDRASEKERA
 Name of organizationCeylon Workers' Congress(CWC)
 PositionPublic relations officer
 Union experience8

Ceylon Workers' Congress(CWC)

6.NameMs. Ajantha Shiromali SUDUTHENISLAGE
 Name of organizationCeylon Workers' Congress(CWC)
 PositionDistrict Representative
 Union experience12

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

7.NameMr. Mohd Faisal Bin Abu Bakar
 Name of organizationMalaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)
 PositionYouth chairman
 Union experience14

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

8.NameMr. Noor Azmi Bin Abu Osman
 Name of organizationMalaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)
 PositionGeneral Council Member
 Union experience12

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines(TUCP)

9.NameMr. Norberto Casuar Caparas Jr
 Name of organizationBPO Workers Association of the Philippines
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience2

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines(TUCP)

10.NameMs. Leila Deleon ROXAS
 Name of organizationSamahang Manggagawang Pilipino-National Alliance of teachers and office workers(SMP-NATOW)
 PositionDirector,Trg.&Devt.
 Union experience10

11.NameMs. Sringatin
 Position
 Union experience7

12.NameMs. Senimelia Marama VUKI
 Position
 Union experience10

Photos of Participants

Labour-related lecture

“Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” meeting

Visit to the Hitachi Urban Planning and Development Systems Co. Mito Works

Lecture by Nippon Keidanren

Lecture by the National Association of Labour Banks

Joint session with HIDA