Special invitation Team "Exchange of Views on Labour Situation" Meeting: "Economic and Social Development and Employment/Labour Trends: Thinking about the Desirable Form of Labour-Management Relations amid Globalization"

JILAF invited trade union leaders from India, Malaysia, and the Philippines and held an “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” meeting on October 23 titled “Economic and Social Development and Employment/Labour Trends: Thinking about the Desirable Form of Labour-Management Relations amid Globalization.”

Although the participating countries have been achieving spectacular economic growth, the reality there is that, due to their response to globalization, trade unions and trade union activities are oppressively restricted and the number of nonregular workers, who receive lower wages and have no security, is on the rise. As a result, wage disparities are widening, and many people are growing discontented, being forced to live difficult lives. With reference to these economic and employment conditions, the invited representatives reported on the state and causes of labour-management disputes in their countries, the desirable form of labour-management relations in the future, and other matters.

Common issues reported by the invited representatives included (1) while economic development is continuing, wages have not risen for a long time; (2) the number of poor people is increasing, including informal-sector workers who receive low wages and are not covered by social security; and (3) on the employment side, nonregular employment is increasing, centered on dispatch workers and subcontract workers who have extremely poor working conditions compared with regular workers.

From the floor, there were questions about such issues as relations between the national centers and political parties and the efforts of national centers to address such matters as the effective use of tripartite bodies, and discussions were lively.

Finally, the participants shared their recognition that in order to improve the livelihood of all people regardless of employment pattern, such as the regular-nonregular division, it is important, among other things, to make efforts to strengthen the functions of trade unions and improve the knowledge of union members and, while engaging in consultations with employers and the government, to conduct efforts with full force to protect the rights of workers, including the improvement of working conditions and the enhancement of social and employment systems.

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10/23WedJILAF invited trade union leaders from India, Malaysia, and the Philippines and held an “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” meeting on October 23 titled “Economic and Social Development and Employment/Labour Trends: Thinking about the Desirable Form of Labour-Management Relations amid Globalization.”

Opening address by JILAF Executive Shinichi Hasegawa

Seminar

Q&A session

Participants from India

Participants from Malaysia

Participant from the Philippines