Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminars in Mongolia with the CMTU

Scene of seminar

  JILAF, together with the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), held industrial relations and labour policy seminars at the CMTU Headquarters in Ulaanbaatar on July 22–23 and in the western province of Uvs on July 25–26. The seminars were attended by a total of 112 people.

At the opening ceremony in Ulaanbaatar, addresses were given by CMTU General Secretary G. Adiya, Secretary Tomoyuki Matsuhashi of the Embassy of Japan in Mongolia, and JILAF Counselor Koichi Oyama. CMTU General Secretary Adiya touched on the history of cooperation with JILAF (including the POSITIVE workplace environment improvement program mentioned below) and emphasized that the seminar would be a very good opportunity for the many newly appointed leaders attending from company-based trade unions in Ulaanbaatar and its vicinity.

In the program, the Japanese side delivered reports on such topics as trade unions and industrial relations in Japan and labour legislation in Japan, after which the Mongolian side noted that 2019 marked the 102nd year since the formation of the first trade union in Mongolia in 1917 and that 36 organizations were affiliated with the CMTU---22 regional organizations in 21 provinces and Ulaanbaatar and 14 industrial federations. The CMTU’s activities, it was reported, included efforts to realize the CMTU 2030 Development Plan: Decent Work, to realize a green and ecological economy, to expand organization (human resource training to raise the organization rate to about 25%), to solve issues in the labour social security system, to incorporate the CMTU’s proposals relating to social security in revised labour legislation, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Next, there was a report from the Inspection Bureau on the labour inspection system and from the CMTU on, among other things, training using the POSITIVE checklist (a workplace environment improvement program implemented with JILAF) as a means for trade unions to improve labour inspection. Furthermore, in the following workshop, the participants discussed what trade unions could do in the inspection of labour relations.

On the second day, after a lecture on Japan’s social security system, an industrial trade union federation reported on the CMTU’s response to revision of the labour law. In addition, in group discussions, the participants deliberated and then presented the results of their discussions on such topics as the enactment of legislation so that trade unions could participate more in industrial relations toward employment stability, what trade unions should do for the fair distribution of the results of productivity improvement, and how to upgrade labour agreements so as to systematize labour-management consultations.

In the second seminar, which brought together participants from five western provinces of Mongolia (Uvs, Khovsgo, Zavkhan, Govi-Altai, and Bayan-Olgii), in addition to the same program as Ulaanbaatar, there were reports from each prefecture and reports on trade union activities at the district (sum) level, followed by a workshop featuring lively discussions on proposals to improve district-level union activities.

Finally, at the closing ceremony CMTU General Secretary Adiya commented that vitalization was important in all 340 districts of Mongolia and that the CMTU hoped to further strengthen activities overall. The seminar ended with a closing address by JILAF Counselor Koichi Oyama.


07/22MonSeminar day 1 (Ulaanbaatar)
07/23TueSeminar day 2 (Ulaanbaatar)
07/25ThuSeminar day 1 (Uvs Province)
07/26FriSeminar day 2 (Uvs Province)

Photos of the Participants

Participants take part in lively group discussions

A lake in front of the seminar venue in Uvs Province

Scene of the seminar (Uvs Province)