JILAF's Efforts toward Employment Stability
The Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF) invites labour union leaders to Japan from countries where large numbers of Japanese companies are operating plants or offices. JILAF also dispatches labour-related instructors from Japan and holds seminars on labour-related systems in other countries, thereby providing opportunities for people to deepen their understanding of the labour situation in Japan and other countries.
JILAF invites trade union leaders from other countries to Japan to study such topics as (1) the labour movement and labour-management relations in Japan, (2) the labour administration in Japan, (3) labour legislation in Japan, and (4) efforts to improve productivity. These visits also feature presentations by invited participants on the labour situation in their own countries and discussions between them and Japanese labour-related personnel, which contributes to the deepening of mutual understanding. In addition, in local area studies, the invited participants study such topics as the business of "Hello Work" public employment security offices, the activities of company-based unions, and worker welfare. It is hoped that through this training invited participants get an understanding of the efforts of the Japanese government, labour, and management toward employment stability and make use of this knowledge for employment stability in their own countries.
In the area of worker education activities, JILAF holds local seminars on such themes as organization, labour-management consultations, collective bargaining, productivity improvement, and improvement of the workplace environment and promotes the upbringing of instructors. Local trade unions take the initiative in these activities, and JILAF provides assistance, such as the dispatch of instructors and the provision of know-how and financial support, in response to requests. It is hoped that efforts to stabilize labour-management consultations and raise productivity will promote the stability of labour-management relations and in turn bring about the development of industries and companies and employment stability in the countries concerned. Furthermore, regarding social development activities carried out locally by labour unions in developing countries, JILAF provides assistance in accordance with local conditions and needs. Among others, JILAF's activities include the establishment and operation of non-formal schools for the eradication of child labour and HIV/AIDS seminars.