Pakistan-Nepal Team

JILAF invited a team from Pakistan and Nepal to visit Japan from September 4 to 17.

The team consisted of a total of 10 persons (including one woman): four from the Pakistan Workers’ Federation (PWF), three from the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), and three from the Nepal Trade Union Congress Independent (NTUC-I).

Throughout the training, the participants endeavored to engage in the exchange of information in an enthusiastic and lively manner. Both Pakistan and Nepal are politically unstable and unable to compile a medium-to-long-term roadmap for the economic and social development of the country as a whole. Because of this, the interest of the participants focused on Japan’s rapid economic growth in the postwar period. They asked many questions about the roles of the government and labour unions in Japan’s economic development and clearly were desperately searching for “what is necessary to achieve development (like Japan).”

At the Japan Productivity Center, the participants learned that a relationship of trust between labour and management is necessary in order to fairly distribute the profits from productivity improvement. In the RENGO Fukui program, they visited Aisin AW Industries Co., Ltd., whose union is a member of the Federation of All Toyota Workers’ Unions, and learned how labour and management there are cooperating to enhance educational and training schemes for union members (workers).

At the National Association of Labour Banks, the participants were deeply impressed that it had been possible, without any funding from the government, to build a bank with deposits in excess of 10 trillion yen by gathering small funds from labour banks.

At the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, one participant from Pakistan stated, “Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons, but when I return home, I want to tell people about the horror of using nuclear weapons.”

List of Cooperating Organizations

RENGO FukuiAisin AW Industries Labour Union
Aisin AW Industries Co., Ltd.Hello Work Fukui
Department of Industry and Labour, Fukui Prefectural GovernmentJoho Roren (Federation of Information and Communication Technology Service Workers of Japan)
NTT Quaris Corporation, East Japan plantNTT Quaris Trade Union
National Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Visit to RENGO

Participants report on the labour situation in their countries in the “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” meeting

Discussion with RENGO Fukui executives

Visit to the Department of Industry and Labour, Fukui Prefectural Government

Visit to Aisin AW Industries Co., Ltd.

Job search at Hello Work Fukui

Visit to Joho Roren

Visit to the East Japan plant of NTT Quaris

Visit to the National Association of Labour Banks