JILAF invited a total of 10 persons from China and the Republic of Korea to visit Japan from May 20 to June 2--- five from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), four from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), and one from the Korea International Labour Foundation (KOILAF).
The participants actively engaged in the program in order to find solutions to those issues and challenges currently facing Japan that are shared by their own countries. At the labour-related lectures and places visited, they asked wide-ranging questions and had discussions on such topics as the system for determining minimum wages, the social security system, the performance-oriented personnel system, labour-management relations, and the job introduction system. In particular, they showed much interest in the problems of the increase in the number of non-regular workers and the decline of the union membership ratio in present-day Japan.
In the RENGO Kanagawa program, the participants heard explanations of employment support provided by the prefecture and by the state, as well as employment support provided jointly by the prefecture and state, visiting the prefecture-operated Senior Job Style Kanagawa and Kanagawa Youth Employment Support Center and a state-operated Hello Work employment security office. They also visited the Odawara Plant of the National Printing Bureau, where they inspected manufacturing facilities with world-class technology.
In the industrial labour federation and workplace visit, the participants heard an explanation of the organization and campaign policies of UI Zensen (Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers’ Unions) and visited the Kiyohara Plant of the Calbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd., which is a member of UI Zensen. Here the participants inspected manufacturing facilities, held discussions with union executives, and received an explanation of the “diversity activities” being conducted by labour and management there.
Through the program, the participants deepened their understanding of issues common to unions in Japan, China, and Korea and confirmed the importance of coordination among the three countries toward finding solutions to these issues.
|■||RENGO Kanagawa||■||Kanagawa Prefecture|
|■||Senior Job Style Kanagawa||■||Kanagawa Youth Employment Support Center|
|■||Hello Work Plaza Yokohama||■||National Printing Bureau, Odawara Plant|
|■||UI Zensen||■||Calbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd., Kiyohara Plant|
|■||Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives)|
Many thanks to everyone.
Visit to the RENGO Headquarters
Visit to the Japan Productivity Center
In front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
Discussions with RENGO Kanagawa executives
Courtesy visit to Kanagawa Prefecture Vice-Governor Masao Kurokawa
Discussions with the Senior Job Style Kanagawa, Kanagawa Youth Employment Support Center, and Hello Work Plaza Yokohama
Visit to the Odawara Plant of the National Printing Bureau
Visit to the Kiyohara Plant of Calbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd.