Labour-Management Relations Seminar in Indonesia

The JILAF and the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU/KSPI) jointly held a labour-management relations seminar in Semarang on the island of Java, Indonesia, on 2-6 July 2012. Twenty-nine union leaders participated in the seminar, which mainly discussed issues of wages, dispatched workers, and labour-management dispute settlement.

In the seminar, Mr. Katsuo, Assistant General Secretary of the JILAF delivered a speech on “current situations and challenges of the Japanese labour movement” in which he explained mainly about the experience of labour-management relations, wages, and dispatched workers in Japan.

Mr. Mohammad Hakim, Vice President of the CITU and Mr. Sophia, Advisor of the CITU delivered speeches on the idea of collective agreements, labour legislations, and labour tribunals. They emphasised, “Labour-management disputes frequently occur in Indonesia, but it is important to aim for sound labour-management relations as well in order to strengthen organisations, while gathering and analysing information, building trustworthy relations with union members, and achieving consensus formation as an organization.” And they pointed out that, since around 60% of the labour force in Indonesia is engaged in precarious work and cannot properly receive social security, urgent countermeasures are necessary, including wage increases, regularisation of employment for workers, and lobbying companies.

The participants listened enthusiastically to the lectures and actively asked questions such as “Does the minimum wage in Japan guarantee livelihood?” and “What is the mechanism of labour-management dispute settlement like?”

Bearing in mind the lecture topics, they also learned how to formulate tactics in collective bargaining through a mock collective bargaining session and methods of dispute settlement through a mock labour tribunal session.

At the end of the seminar, the participants compiled action plans. Reflecting their heightened awareness after the seminar, they made comments such as “I want to use the negotiating methods I have learned in my union activities” and “I want to act strategically in order to expand our organisation.”
Another labour-management relations seminar is scheduled to be held in Makassar on the island of Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia in November 2012.


07/02MonLabour-management relations seminar (Day 1)
07/03TueLabour-management relations seminar (Day 2)
07/04WedLabour-management relations seminar (Day 3)
07/05ThuLabour-management relations seminar (Day 4)
07/06FriLabour-management relations seminar (Day 5)

Photos of the Participants

JILAF Assistant General Secretary Katsuo addresses the participants at the opening ceremony

CITU Vice-President Hakim gives a lecture on labour legislation in Indonesia.

Group discussions on the improvement of working conditions

Mock labour tribunal

Mock collective bargaining

Group photo with seminar participants