JILAF and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) jointly held a labour-management relations seminar on the theme of organization in the province of Bac Giang, Vietnam, on June 18-20. The seminar was attended by 22 union representatives from companies and industrial estates in the provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, and Hai Duong, including a Japanese manufacturer of precision equipment, and provincial union executives.
The objective of this seminar is to teach participants about labour legislation and organization methods in order to promote unionization especially in Japanese companies.
In the seminar, JILAF Assistant General Secretary Kenichi Kumagai introduced labour-management relations and organization efforts in Japan through lectures on the present state and issues of the Japanese labour movement, collective bargaining and labour agreements, and labour-management disputes and their settlement. Brother Kumagai explained, “The most important thing in unionization is for union executives to gain the trust of union members. It is important for objectives to be shared and tackled by the organization as a whole.”
The VGCL side, meanwhile, gave lectures on such topics as labour-management relations in foreign-affiliated companies operating in Vietnam and union activities in a Japanese company.
There were lively question-and-answer sessions, with participants asking such questions as “Please tell us about the methods and procedures for forming unions in Japan,” “Who pays the salaries of full-time union staff?” and “What is the approach of unions to the organization of non-union workers?” They also made such comments as “There have been many strikes in Vietnam in recent years, so it was extremely useful to learn about the experience of the Japanese labour movement, which has managed to reduce the number of strikes by building constructive labour-management relations” and “I want to build a strong union that places importance on the opinions of union members to be able to negotiate equally with the company.”
On the final day, as a workplace visit, the participants visited Sanyo Opt Device Vietnam Co., Ltd., where they received an explanation of how labour and management cooperate in organizing various events and corporate social responsibility activities with the aim of building sound labour-management relations.
|06/18||Mon||Labour-management relations seminar (Day 1)|
|06/19||Tue||Labour-management relations seminar (Day 2)|
|06/20||Wed||Labour-management relations seminar (Day 3)|