ACFTU/JILAF Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminars in China

Group photo at Beijing seminar (China University of Labour Relations)

JILAF, together with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), held industrial relations and labour policy seminars in Beijing on November 12 and Suzhou on November 13. The seminars were attended by 15 people, including members of the ACFTU headquarters and faculty of the China University of Labour Relations, and observed by 20 students of the China University of Labour Relations.

The seminar in Beijing began under the facilitation of China University of Labour Relations Vice-Director Wu. First of all, JILAF Executive Director Masayuki Shiota introduced the labour movement and industrial relations in Japan, after which Professor Qiao of the China University of Labour Relations reported on the history of structural changes in the Chinese economy (reform of state-owned enterprises and the marketization of industrial relations, the globalization of industrial relations since China joined the World Trade Organization, the establishment of laws and regulations concerning industrial relations as a response to the development of private companies, the response to the 2008 financial crisis and increased flexibility of the labour market, the formation of trade unions in private companies and promotion of collective bargaining, etc.), as well as trends in industrial disputes over the past two decades (about 1.8 million cases in 2018, which is a lower level than Germany when populations are compared).

There were also reports on most recent trends in the digital economy and employment (in 2018 there were 750 million participants in economic activities, 75 million service suppliers, and 6.9 million platform workers) and the state of disputes in two types of work (on-demand work and cloud work) and platform work, as well as their characteristics and issues.

In the first part of the Suzhou seminar, the participants visited Yamaha Electronics (Suzhou), where they heard a profile of the company and an explanation of cooperative efforts by labour and management to achieve harmonious industrial relations, especially in the securing of human resources. Next, in their visit to Japan Display Inc. (JDI), a Japanese company, a meeting was held with the attendance of 15 people from the Kunshan City Federation of Trade Unions and Japanese company trade unions. The participants heard reports on efforts to build harmonious industrial relations from trade unions in six Japanese companies (Sumitomo Electric Industries, Panasonic, Fukuda Metal, JDI, Canon, and NGK Ceramic Suzhou) and engaged in discussions. Each of these companies was devoting labour-management efforts to the securing of human resources.

On the following day, November 14, the seminar participants visited the Kunshan Factory of NSK (Nippon Seiko) in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, where, in a meeting also attended by the Kunshan City Federation of Trade Unions, they heard about the company and its efforts to build harmonious industrial relations from both labour and management and engaged in discussions.


11/12TueBeijing seminar
11/13WedSuzhou seminar
11/14ThuVisit to the Kunshan Factory of NSK (Nippon Seiko) for discussions

Photos of the Participants

Discussions with Japanese company trade unions during the Suzhou seminar