South America Team

Visit to RENGO

 JILAF invited a total of 10 persons (including 4 women) from five countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay) to visit Japan from January 15 to 28, 2015. Many of the participants had concerns about the declining influence of trade unions and made efforts to absorb knowledge about the Japanese labour movement with a view to improving the image of trade unions and increasing the unionization ratio in their own countries.

 Through the labour-related lectures they gained an insight into the system of company-based unions in Japan, asking many questions about organization and the building of constructive industrial relations. At the same time, they positively introduced the activities of their own organizations and engaged in information exchange with other organizations, always showing a forward-looking attitude toward obtaining useful information for their own future activities.

 In the visit to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, they received a lecture on employment, work styles, and the role of the labour administration and asked questions about policies in response to the aging society and the mechanism of Japan’s pension system.

 In the visit to RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), they showed empathy with Japan’s system of company-based unions and received an outline of such issues as the mechanism of the labour-management consultative system and examples of resolving the problem of organization in small and medium-sized enterprises. They also discussed the reasons for the declining influence of trade unions today and solutions.

 In the regional program, the participants visited RENGO Aichi, where they engaged in discussions about Japanese industrial relations, the spring labour struggle, and specific efforts to address such topics as decent work. In order to observe an actual workplace, they visited a plant of Okuma Corporation, where they inspected the latest facilities enabling the small-lot production of a large variety of products. In discussions with labour and management at the plant, they asked questions about such issues as the labour-management consultative system, quality-improvement meetings, and efforts to ensure job stability.

 In the lecture by the Japan Productivity Center, since some participants thought it was normal for workers to be exploited by employers, they expressed amazement at Japan’s three guiding principles of productivity. They also showed much interest in specific ways of ensuring fair distribution to workers. At the Zenrosai Kyokai (National Association for Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance), they should much interest in the mutual-aid insurance system, since their own countries also had mutual-aid systems for workers in some form or other.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Unyu Roren (All Japan Federation of Transport Workers’ Unions)RENGO Aichi
Okuma CorporationTokai Labour Bank

Many thanks to everyone.

South America Team Participants

Confederacion General del Trabajo de la Republica Argentina (CGT-RA)

1.NameJavier Marcelo Armua
 Name of organizationUnion Obrera de la Constraction de la Republica Argentina
 PositionSecretario de la Junta Electoral Central
 Union experience13

Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT)

2.NameRodrigo Rodrigues Costa e Lima
 Name of organizationCentral Unica dos Trabalhadores-Brasillia
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience6

Forca Sindical (FS)

3.NameJoao Vilmar de Andrade Pereira
 Name of organizationSindicato de Comercio de Porto Alegre
 PositionDirectra de Asuntos Relacionados a Seguridad y Medecina
 Union experience13

Forca Sindical (FS)

4.NameLeila Santos
 Name of organizationSINTRALAV-SC
 Union experience7

Uniao Geral dos Trabalhadores (UGT)

5.NameItamar Barreto do Carmo Silva
 Name of organizationSindicato de Securitarios de Sao Paulo
 Positioncoordinador es meios de comunicacas
 Union experience11

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Chile (CUT-CHILE)

6.NameEvelyn Tatiana Andrade Fuentealba
 Name of organizationCentral Unitaria de Trabajadores de Jovenes
 PositionDirectra Encargada Departamento de Jovenes
 Union experience5

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Colombia (CTC)

7.NameRosemberg Melo Pinzon
 Name of organizationSindicato de Trabajadores de Cauca
 PositionSrio Genaral
 Union experience20

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Colombia (CTC)

8.NameMaryori Margoth Quinones Nunez
 Name of organizationInstituto Nacional Penitendiario(INPEC)
 PositionSecretaria General Sindicato de Trabajadores
 Union experience6

Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores y Convención Nacional Trabajadores(PIT-CNT)

9.NameAngela Victoria Alfaro Seoane
 Name of organizationAsociation de Prensa del Uruguay
 Union experience11

Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores y Convención Nacional Trabajadores(PIT-CNT)

10.NameMartin Omar Ford Diaz
 Name of organizationAsociacion de Bancarios del Uruguay
 PositionSecretario Relaciones Internacionales
 Union experience5

Photos of Participants

Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting

Visit to Unyu Roren

Visit to RENGO Aichi

Visit to Okuma Corporation plant

Visit to Tokai Labour Bank

Get-together with JILAF directors