JILAF/ILO Joint Multinational Seminar

---Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Union Training in the Future of Work Initiative: Together with the Building of Constructive Industrial Relations---

Group photo at the JILAF/ILO multinational seminar

JILAF, together with the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), jointly held a multinational seminar in the Thai capital of Bangkok for five days from September 16 to 20 on the main theme of “Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Union Training in the Future of Work Initiative: Together with the Building of Constructive Industrial Relations.” A total of 20 trade union leaders (of whom 9 were women) participated in the seminar from countries in the Asia-Pacific region (Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam).

At the beginning, on behalf of the organizers, an opening address was given by Mr. Rafael Mapalo, activity manager for Asia and Pacific at the ILO ACTRAV’s International Training Center in Turin, and then JILAF Deputy Secretary General Koji Suzuki outlined the purpose and objectives of the five-day seminar. On the first day (September 16), there were lectures from JILAF. First, JILAF Deputy Secretary General Suzuki delivered a talk titled “The Japanese Labour Movement and Its Role,” in which he explained (1) the characteristics of the Japanese labour movement, (2) measures for the building of constructive industrial relations, (3) efforts to improve productivity, and (4) characteristics of industrial relations in Japan (collective bargaining and the labour-management consultation system), thus proposing issues at the start of the training.

Other main lectures covered such topics as the content and method of use of the ILO’s supervisory mechanism; specific international labour conventions and the state of their ratification or nonratification; presentations by participants on conditions relating to ILO recommendations in their own countries; the importance of freedom of association; efforts of the ILO to eradicate child labour and forced labour; and the implementation of legislation in the participating countries.

In the compilation of action plans, although presentations were made in consideration of the situation in each country regarding how to tackle legal matters, the majority opinion was that the building of Japanese-style constructive industrial relations, which the participants had learned about in the seminar, was an important factor. Many of the presentations proposed that policy issues should be tackled after the building of constructive industrial relations.


09/16MonMultinational Seminar Day 1
09/17TueMultinational Seminar Day 2
09/18WedMultinational Seminar Day 3
09/19ThuMultinational Seminar Day 4
09/20FriMultinational Seminar Day 5

Photos of the Participants

JILAF lecture

ILO lecture

Group work