JILAF, together with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), held industrial relations and labour policy seminars in Beijing on November 27 and Hangzhou on November 28. The seminars were attended by a total of 35 representatives of Chinese employers and labour.
At the seminar in Beijing, after an opening address by Deputy Director-General Xu of the ACFTU’s International Liaison Department, the seminar began under the direction of Vice-Director Ngo of the China University of Labour Relations.
First of all, Associate Professor Guo of the China University of Labour Relations delivered a report on policies and measures related to the vocational skill training of industrial workers, after which JILAF Deputy Secretary General Koji Suzuki spoke about the history and activities of Japanese trade unions and, through the building of constructive industrial relations, (1) efforts to ensure job stability, (2) efforts to improve productivity, and (3) the prevention of meaningless disputes. Programme Manager Hiroko Kuwana of the JILAF Exchange Programme Group then gave an outline of support by the Japanese central and local governments, including the promotion of training conducted mainly by employers, the Hello Training scheme, the promotion of voluntary skill development by workers, and the efforts of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation). The participants asked questions about the existence of vocational training to respond to the fourth industrial revolution and trade union issues related to labour policy.
At the seminar in Hangzhou, prior to the seminar itself, the participants visited the Transfer Group, a private company, where they heard about the company and its activities. In the following lectures, first of all Sink of the Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Trade Unions delivered a report on the present situation and issues of the Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Trade Unions, and then a representative of the Transfer Group gave an outline of the company and spoke about efforts to protect the interests of workers. Finally, JILAF Deputy Secretary General Suzuki spoke about the history and activities of Japanese trade unions and, through the building of constructive industrial relations, (1) efforts to ensure job stability, (2) efforts to improve productivity, (3) the prevention of meaningless disputes, and (4) the impact on employment and labour of the fourth industrial revolution. In response to these lectures, the participants asked questions about the security of big data systems and the infrastructure support setup and engaged in discussions with the speakers.
After the lectures, the participants visited a plant of Fujiya Co., Ltd., a Japanese enterprise, where they heard from Fujiya’s labour and management representatives about the company and its organization and operation. JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo then ended the seminar with an address at the closing ceremony.
|11/27||Tue||Seminar in Beijing|
|11/28||Wed||Seminar in Hangzhou|