Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Nepal

JILAF held a two-day seminar on industrial relations and labour policy in Kathmandu, Nepal, on December 11–12 with the participation of 55 people from the Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC), the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), and the All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), which are all affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation Nepal Affiliate Council (ITUC-NAC). This was the second time for these three organizations to come together for this seminar on the main theme of “The role of trade unions in an era of globalization.” The first such seminar was held in the previous fiscal year.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Nepalese Ministry of Employment and Labour, an employers’ organization, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the South Asian Regional Trade Union Council, and the Japanese Embassy in Nepal.
A JILAF speaker delivered a lecture titled “Formation of the Postwar Japanese Labour Movement and Characteristics of Industrial Relations in Japan: Japanese Trade Unions Born from Ruins.” The speaker stated that an understanding of history was essential for seeing into the present and future and that, in this sense, the experience of the Japanese labour movement could be useful as a reference for Nepal’s labour movement. From this perspective, the speaker went on to discuss such issues as (1) the history of the Japanese labour movement after World War II and changes in campaign policy (breakaway from the struggle-first principle, etc.); (2) macroeconomic growth and the improvement of union members’ livelihoods and working conditions; (3) the productivity movement; (4) the labour-management consultation system, collective bargaining, and constructive industrial relations; and (5) organizational management emphasizing dialogue with union members in the workplace. The JILAF representative expressed best wishes for the further development of the Nepalese labour movement.
Nepalese speakers then gave lectures on such topics as “Issues of the Nepalese Social Security System,” “Industrial Relations in Nepal,” and “The New Labour Law,” after which group discussions and presentations were held on the themes of “Toward the building of constructive industrial relations” and “Toward unification of the Nepalese labour movement.” The presentations urged the need for a shift to industrial relations that emphasize dialogue and stressed the importance of solidarity beyond organizational frameworks in order to protect the rights of workers.

Schedule

DateContents
12/11ThuSeminar day 1
12/12FriSeminar day 2

Photos of Participants

Senior officials of the national centers and representatives of the Nepalese Ministry of Employment and Labour, an employers’ organization, and the Japanese Embassy in Nepal

Group discussions

Presentation by a group representative