11th Young Leadership Course (Multinational Seminar)

Group photo of participants in the 11th Young Leadership Course

JILAF, together with the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-AP) and the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute (OTCI), held the 11th Young Leadership Course in Singapore for 10 days from August 28 (Tuesday) to September 6 (Thursday).

JILAF has been holding this course jointly with the ITUC-AP and the OTCI since 1992 with the aim of fostering young trade union leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s course, the 27th in total, was attended by 35 people (of whom 16 were women, including Ms. Hiroko Kuwana from JILAF) from 19 countries. JILAF Executive Director Takao Yasunaga, Secretary General Ryo Saito, and Deputy Director Yuki Otsuji of the JILAF Thailand Office participated as speakers.

In the opening ceremony on the first day, addresses were given on behalf of the organizers by JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga and ITUC-AP General Secretary Shoya Yoshida. On the first day of the 10-day program, August 28, as a proposal of issues at the start of the training, JILAF Executive Director Yasunaga gave a lecture on solidarity with the labour movement, the characteristics of trade unions, and constructive industrial relations. The participants were able to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of Japanese trade unions and the historical background to the building of constructive industrial relations.

On the following day, August 29, JILAF Secretary General Saito delivered a lecture titled “Toward the Building of Constructive Industrial Relations,” in which he shared information on (1) the history of Japanese trade unions; (2) the present state of trade unions in Japan; (3) the function and role of Japanese trade unions; (4) the three guiding principles of productivity; and (5) after an explanation of the importance of social dialogue, his own specific workplace experience in the building of constructive industrial relations. The participants asked questions about such matters as whether organizations apart from RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), such as Zenroren (National Confederation of Trade Unions) and Zenrokyo (National Trade Union Council), engaged in similar campaigns in the annual spring labour struggle. Secretary General Saito gave pertinent replies.

In the afternoon of the same day, there was a workshop, led by Deputy Director Otsuji of the JILAF Thailand Office, on the theme of “industrial relations and social dialogue,” in which the participants played the roles of employers and trade unions in mock collective bargaining. Receiving advice from JILAF Secretary General Saito, they were able to have a real experience of the awareness and standpoints of both labour and management.

Schedule

DateContents
08/28TueYoung Leadership Course Day 1
08/29WedYoung Leadership Course Day 2
08/30ThuYoung Leadership Course Day 3
08/31FriYoung Leadership Course Day 4
09/01SatYoung Leadership Course Day 5
09/02SunYoung Leadership Course Day 6
09/03MonYoung Leadership Course Day 7
09/04TueYoung Leadership Course Day 8
09/05WedYoung Leadership Course Day 9
09/06Thu
Young Leadership Course Day 10

Photos of the Participants

Opening ceremony

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