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No.238 (2017/6/20)
Expanded Discussion Session Concerning Labour Conditions Held with Constructive Labour-Management Relationship Enhancement and Development Team from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia

On June 9, 2017, the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF) held in Tokyo an expanded-scale discussion session titled Labour and Management Efforts Based on Equality and Self-Governance, focusing on actual labour conditions in each country. The session was held with the participation of labour union officials invited from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia, who form the Constructive Labour- Management Relationship Enhancement and Development Team.

The meeting was organized for the purposes of promoting mutual understanding of the efforts made at workplaces as well as related challenges by inviting labour union officials of Japanese companies operating in the four countries. The invitation of union personnel for such purposes was made for the first time in JILAF history. A total of around 50 Japanese participants, mainly labour union officials, company managers, and researchers, attended the meeting.

The meeting was opened by Mr. Takao Yasunaga, JILAF executive director, with the opening address, and afterward, presentation of the conditions of each individual labour union was made by the Automotive Machine and Component sector of the FSPMI of Indonesia, Canon Opto Malaysia Executive Union, Daikin Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. labour union, Penang & Province Wellesley Textile and Garment Workers' Union, Atmak Employees Union of the Philippines, Obrero Pilipino―Lamcor Chapter, Thai Asahi Glass Labour Union Chonburi, Thailand Metal Industry Workers' Union, and Thai Electric Wire and Associate Workers.

During the subsequent Q&A time, questions were asked concerning various hostile activities undertaken by management at the start of union formation, measures required for union expansion, and ideas for maintaining a favorable labour-management relationship, among other points. Another question was raised as to what made problems occur during the collective bargaining, even though the labour-management relationship was maintained in a cooperative manner.

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