JILAF, together with the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), held a two-day industrial relations and labour policy seminar in Ulaanbaatar on August 30–31. The seminar was attended by 80 people, including officials of CMTU-affiliated industrial and enterprise-based unions in eight provinces and representatives from the Mongolian Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour and the Mongolian Productivity Organization.
At the beginning of the seminar opening addresses were given by CMTU President Amgalanbaatar Khayankhyarvaa and JILAF Executive Director Takao Yasunaga. Executive Director Yasunaga urged the participants, “Amid the conclusion of economic partnership agreements and increasingly harsh international competition, regardless of government changes, I want you to make efforts to develop industry by building constructive industrial relations that place importance on people.”
JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga and Field Project Group Leader Hitoshi Suzuki then delivered lectures titled “The Role and Issues of the Japanese Labour Movement” and “The Relationship between Labour Legislation and Trade Unions,” respectively, in which they emphasized the importance of efforts to achieve employment stability and so on through a sense of involvement by both labour and management in the workplace and the importance of workplace-based policy drafting by trade unions.
In the afternoon of the first day and morning of the second day, several sessions were held featuring presentations by government, labour, and management experts, together with questions and discussions, on the present state of industrial relations and employment and related issues. The participants asked questions about such topics as the role of trade unions vis-à-vis government policy, measures to counteract unemployment and the difficulty of finding work, methods of resolving disputes, and retirement benefits. Requests were made for further assistance and involvement by the government in the efforts of trade unions.
Examples of activities by CMTU-affiliated organizations were also reported in the morning of the second day. Among others, there were presentations concerning involvement in dispute settlement (a union in Ulaanbaatar and others), labour standards inspectors (a union in Darkhan-Uul Province and others), the worker protection system and conditions on the front lines (a science and education union and others), and productivity improvement (kaizen activities) (a labour newspaper union and others). All of the participants engaged in lively discussions.
In group discussions, which were held in the afternoons of the first and second days, the participants divided into four groups to discuss “The Role of Trade Unions in the Government’s Labour and Employment Plan 2016–20” (first day) and “The Role of Trade Unions toward the Building of Constructive Industrial Relations” (second day). Each group gave a presentation and engaged in discussions.
In the closing ceremony, JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga emphasized once again the importance of trade unions playing an active role as a partner, and CMTU President Amgalanbaatar said, “At a time of economic stagnation and government change, we have been able to have frank discussions in this seminar, which has been a good impetus for our efforts from now on. On the basis of cooperation between labour and management, it is necessary for trade unions to take even more positive action.” CMTU President Amgalanbaatar also expressed his gratitude to JILAF.
|08/30||Tue||Seminar day 1|
|08/31||Wed||Seminar day 2|