Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminars in Indonesia

Opening ceremony address by JILAF President Nagumo (Surabaya)

JILAF, together with the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU, or KSPI in Indonesian), held two-day labour relations and labour policy seminars in Surabaya in the central part of Java island on October 27–28 and in Bekasi in the Cikarang district, adjacent to the Jakarta capital region, on October 30–31. The two seminars were attended by a total of about 90 persons, including senior CITU officials and related people from these localities.

At the opening ceremonies, welcoming addresses were given by CITU Secretary General Ramidi (Surabaya) and CITU Deputy President Ali Akbar (Bekasi), after which JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo also delivered an address, stating his expectations of the seminar. The participants then expressed their determination to actively participate in the seminars.

In the seminars, JILAF and the CITU gave lectures, followed by question-and-answer sessions, on their understanding of the current situation in their respective countries and issues. From JILAF, Deputy Secretary General Koji Suzuki gave a lecture relating to constructive industrial relations in Japan, titled “Issues and Role of Japanese Trade Unions,” in which he spoke about the history, organizational structure, and activities (annual spring labour struggle, labour-management consultations, etc.) of Japanese trade unions, as well as an overview of such campaigns as making demands to the government and employers in order to realize policies.

Speakers from the CITU, the Indonesian government, and an employers’ organization in Indonesia gave wide-ranging lectures on such topics as the world economy, the wage system in Indonesia, the response to Industry 4.0, sustainability and fair distribution, and relations between multinational enterprises and trade unions. Furthermore, in the Bekasi seminar, time was also given to the issue of women’s participation in the labour market.

In response to these lectures, the participants asked many lively questions and engaged in discussions about the need to promote mutual understanding between labour and management, strengthen the negotiating capability of trade unions, and examine Japan’s foreign technical intern training program,

Next, the participants divided into groups to discuss, in Surabaya, the building of good labour-management relations, the response to globalization, and methods of resolving industrial disputes, and in Bekasi, the response to Industry 4.0, the role of trade unions in solving the unemployment problem, and ways of improving the role of women. Each group them compiled and presented an action plan.

Finally, JILAF President Nagumo, emphasizing again that the purpose of the seminars had been to explore how trade unions can build constructive industrial relations and prevent industrial disputes, stressed the importance of relations of trust between labour and management and the need to promote the participation of women and young people and foster a sense of unity in unions in order to make workers and trade unions stronger. He also expressed his expectations of trade unions, saying that if trade unions took the initiative in solving issues from now on, it would lead to Indonesia’s development. In response, CITU speakers mentioned the good history and role of Japanese companies and emphasized the importance of social dialogue, saying that strikes alone are not the solution. The CITU speakers closed the seminars by expressing gratitude for JILAF’s support and their hope for further cooperation in the future.


10/27SatSeminar day 1 (Venue: Surabaya)
10/28SunSeminar day 2 (Venue: Surabaya)
10/30TueSeminar day 1 (Venue: Bekasi)
10/31WedSeminar day 2 (Venue: Bekasi)

Photos of the Participants