Indonesia-Pakistan Team Visits Japan from December 9 to 22
A total of 11 participants (of whom 3 were women) from the two countries of Indonesia and Pakistan visited Japan from December 9 (Sunday) to 22 (Saturday).
As a consequence of increasing populations, Indonesia and Pakistan are being required to improve their labour environments and social security systems. Trade unions have a major role to play, and it is hoped that by learning about Japan’s efforts to ensure employment stability, such as the Hello Work offices, the participants can contribute to the building of constructive industrial relations in Indonesia and Pakistan.
After hearing lectures from which they systematically learned about Japan’s industrial relations, labour practices, and so on, as their visit to an industrial federation, the participants visited JP Roso (Japan Postal Group Union). In the regional program organized by RENGO Nagasaki, the Nagasaki regional branch of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), as well as visiting the Hello Work Nagasaki public employment office and the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., the participants engaged in discussions with RENGO Nagasaki, the Nagasaki Labour Bureau, Nagasaki Advanced Technical College, and the Nagasaki Promotion Headquarters of Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers’ and Consumers’ Insurance Cooperatives), which deepened their understanding of the employment situation in Nagasaki Prefecture, its employment countermeasures, and other issues.
In the Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting, the participants reported on the labour situation in their countries and the problems faced by their national centers. The participants from Indonesia reported on the undesirable revision of labour legislation, including the minimum wage, and cases of industrial disputes in multinational enterprises. The participants from Pakistan reported on the violation of core labour standards, such as the freedom of assembly and right to engage in collective bargaining, and the response of trade unions to such issues.
In action plans compiled on the final day, the participants proposed the following:
• “I want to appeal to the government about the need to rebuild the social security system and begin consultations toward the implementation of vocational training schools.” (Indonesia)
• “I want to implement leadership training for the executives of affiliated trade unions.” (Indonesia)
• “I want to call on the government to review labour legislation and make efforts to rebuild the pension system.” (Indonesia)
• “I want to have a dialogue with unorganized workers and appeal to them that trade unions are necessary to build safe and pleasant workplaces.” (Pakistan)
• “I want to have consultations with the government toward the building of a system like the Hello Work offices to counter unemployment.” (Pakistan)
• “I want to promote the participation of female workers in trade unions and further organization.” (Pakistan)
• “I want to convince employers that the happiness of workers will lead to social development and endeavor to build sound industrial relations.” (Pakistan)
|■||JP Roso||■||RENGO Nagasaki|
|■||Nagasaki Advanced Technical College||■||Hello Work Nagasaki|
|■||National Association of Labour Banks||■||Nagasaki Promotion Headquarters of Zenrosai|
|■||Nagasaki Labour Bureau||■||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard|
Many thanks to everyone.