The Reinvitation Team visited Japan from July 7 (Sunday) to 13 (Saturday).
A total of six people (of whom one was a woman) from Hungary and Romania took part and completed the whole program according to schedule. They had all participated in JILAF’s Invitation Program in the past.
Since this was their second invitation to Japan, they had been able to capitalize on their experience in the previous invitation to build up experience in their own countries.
At the Japan Teachers’ Union, the participants received an explanation of the conditions and issues surrounding education in Japan based on the JTU’s system and policy demands and proposals in the current fiscal year. They also learned about the efforts of the industrial federation to improve the working conditions of teachers, including their long working hours.
At the Central Labour Relations Commission, the participants heard an explanation of the structure and functions of labour relations commissions, the system of relief for unfair labour practices, the adjustment of industrial action, and so on.
At RENGO Tokyo, they received a lecture on consultations leading to the prevention of industrial disputes and the building of collective industrial relations, as well as an explanation of measures to deal with harassment, which has been on the rise recently, and RENGO Tokyo Union, which even individuals can join.
At RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), they heard an explanation of RENGO’s activities and its efforts to expand organization.
Throughout this program, the participants asked many questions and showed a positive stance on new topics and issues toward the building of constructive industrial relations, the prevention of meaningless industrial disputes, and the smooth settlement of disputes when they do occur.
In an expanded version of the Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting, titled “The Labour Situation and Industrial Relations in Two East European Countries,” the participants reported on the latest labour situation in their own countries and explained about such matters as the state of industrial disputes and labour-management practices. The Hungarian participants were then asked questions about the situation of workers in unstable jobs, the transformation of trade unions since the socialist period, and the current state of labour agreements and strikes, and the Romanian participants were asked about migrants, collective bargaining, and the income tax rate.
The following action plans were presented by the participants. As leaders in responsible positions in their respective departments, it is hoped that they took the contents of the lectures back home with them and will make further efforts toward the building of constructive industrial relations.
---“I was impressed by the method of seeking the solution of problems from various angles and want to share it after my return.” (Hungary)
---“[Referring to endowed courses] I want to increase opportunities to talk about trade unions in high schools and universities.” (Hungary)
---“I reaffirmed the importance of social dialogue and productivity improvement. The labour relations commissions are a good idea, and I would like to introduce them in my country.” (Hungary)
---“I was impressed by the continuity of Japanese statistics and would like to introduce the mechanism in my country. I was able to reaffirm the composition and functions of the national center. I would like JILAF also to come to Romania and see and learn about various things.” (Romania)
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Many thanks to everyone.