Industrial Dispute Prevention Team

Industrial Dispute Prevention Team Visits Japan from November 25 to December 1

A Thai participant gives a presentation on the labour situation in Thailand.

The Industrial Dispute Prevention Team, which visited Japan from November 25 (Sunday)) to December 1 (Saturday), consisted of 10 persons (of whom 2 were women) from the two countries of India and Thailand. The team completed all of the program as planned.

The objective was to form a team of mainly trade union officials from India and Thailand, where many multinational enterprises, including Japanese companies, have set up operations, share the latest information about Japan’s industrial relations, labour legislation, and other topics with them, and thus contribute to employment stability and the prevention of meaningless industrial disputes in those countries. In the end, 9 of the 10 team members were trade union officials in Japanese companies.

In a visit to the National Labour Relations Commissions Liaison Council, the participants heard about the organization and functions of Labour Relations Commissions and a detailed explanation of the flow of procedures for investigating unfair labour practices. They showed much interest in the various roles played by Labour Relations Commissions.

In their visit to RENGO Tokyo, the Tokyo regional branch of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), the participants heard about its consultation services and building of collective relations, which lead to the prevention of industrial disputes. Incorporating videos, the explanations of individual industrial disputes, which are increasing in number in Japan, the labour consultation services of RENGO, the method of forming trade unions, the roles of prefectural Labour Relations Commissions, and other topics were easy-to-understand and convincing. Through the subsequent questions and answers, the participants were able to get an understanding of just how much importance labour and management in Japan place on mutually trustworthy relations.

In their visit to an international industrial federation of trade unions, the participants visited the Liaison Council Japan of the UNI Global Union (UNI-LCJ), where they heard about its organization and activities. It was a good opportunity for the participants to increase their awareness of the existence and necessity of an international industrial trade union federation.

In the Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting, the participants gave presentations on basic information, such as an outline of the company to which they belonged, the date of establishment of their trade union, the number of trade union members, and the existence or not of labour-management dialogue, as well as reports on how labour and management have dealt (or are dealing) with problems and issues that have arisen so far (or are ongoing).
The main points of the action plans proposed by the participants were as follows:

• “I want to try and establish a labour-management consultation system to enable constructive consultations with the employer.” (India)
• “I want to try and energize my organization by strengthening collaboration with the international industrial federation of trade unions.” (India)
• “I want to convey the content and knowledge that I have learned in this program to younger trade union members by posting it on our organization’s website.” (Thailand)
• “I want to introduce Japan’s labour legislation and industrial relations to as many trade union members as possible through training sessions organized by our trade union. This year we had about 150 participants, but our aim for next year is 400.” (Thailand)
• “I want to report on what I learned in this program about Japanese industrial relations to the directors of our company and thereby build better labour-management relations.” (Thailand)
• “Like Japan, I will aim to establish equal labour-management relations so as to prevent industrial disputes.” (Thailand)

List of Cooperating Organizations

National Labour Relations Commissions Liaison CouncilUNI-LCJ
RENGO Tokyo

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Participants eagerly take notes. (National Labour Relations Commissions Liaison Council)

Explanation with video assistance (RENGO Tokyo)

Commemorative photo at the UNI-LCJ