The Bangladesh-Mongolia team, consisting of a total of 13 persons from these two countries (of whom 4 were women), visited Japan from September 9 to 22 and completed the whole program prepared for it as planned.
Since most of the participants were leading presences in their organizations, throughout the entire program they actively asked questions and made comparisons with the situation in their own countries. In particular, they showed a strong interest in Japan’s labour legislation, social security system, industrial relations, and mutual-aid insurance scheme. At all times, one could sense their positive stance of wishing to utilize what they were learning in their own trade union activities in the future.
In their visit to an industrial federation of trade unions, they visited UA Zensen (Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service, and General Workers’ Unions), where they heard an outline of the organization and received an explanation of the objectives and management of trade unions. The participants understood that UA Zensen, Japan’s largest industrial federation, had not been formed overnight but was the result of much modest effort being made over the years and up to the present.
In the regional RENGO branch program at RENGO Gunma, on the first day the participants visited the Shibukawa Plant of Daido Steel Co., Ltd., where they inspected the plant and then engaged in discussions. The participants asked questions about such topics as the workplace environment in the plant and health measures. Through the replies by representatives of both labour and management at the plant, they learned how labour and management faced each other on an equal footing and made efforts to solve issues by means of repeated constructive consultations.
In the morning of the second day the participants visited the Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Industrial Technology Training School, where, observing classes, they got a real sense of the high level of vocational training in Japan.
In discussions with JILAF executives on the final day, the participants asked questions mainly about Japan’s constructive industrial relations and the mutual-aid insurance scheme. For the participants, the program was a good opportunity to learn a lot about the significance of building constructive industrial relations.
Some of the main points in the action plans proposed by the participants were as follows:
---Want to establish workers’ cooperatives like the labour banks and mutual-aid insurance cooperatives in Japan. (Bangladesh, Mongolia)
---Want to introduce a system like Japan’s annual spring labour offensive and increase wages. (Bangladesh, Mongolia)
---Want to increase the organization ratio for informal-sector workers. (Bangladesh)
---Want to strengthen the organization of women workers. (Bangladesh)
---Want to introduce the ideas of the productivity movement in my own country. (Mongolia)
---Want to find a way of publicizing trade union activities more to the general public. (Mongolia)
|■||UA Zensen||■||Daido Steel Co., Ltd. (labour and management)|
|■||Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Industrial Technology Training School||■||National Association of Labour Banks|
Many thanks to everyone.