Labour-Management Relations Seminar Held in Bangladesh

The JILAF and the Bangladesh Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-BC) jointly held a labour-management relations seminar on the theme of organisation in Bogra, Bangladesh, on 13-15 July with the participation of 55 trade union leaders.

The seminar consisted mainly of sessions on the topics such as trade unions and labour-management relations in Japan, the role of unions in improving the lives of workers, and the process of trade union organisations from formation to registration. In addition, through group discussions, presentations, and other activities, the participants shared information on issues that unions should address.

First, Bro. Bunzo Katsuo, Assistant General Secretary of the JILAFgave a lecture on trade unions and labour-management relations in Japan, in which he explained the characteristics of Japanese labour-management relations, such as collective bargaining, the labour-management consultation system, and the roles and activities of company-based unions and industrial federations.

Next, Sis. Ikuko Yamaguchi, Field Projects Director of the JILAF, talked about the role of unions in improving the lives of workers, in which she reported the results of a fact-finding survey conducted by the JILAF in the previous fiscal year on the lives of informal workers in Bangladesh and explained methods of assistance to improve the lives of workers.

In addition, the education coordinators of the ITUC-BC explained topics such as the right to form trade unions, which is the basic framework of labour-management relations; the need for unionisation; the current situation of workers who need organising; and the internationally recognized basic rights of workers, including the core labour standards of the ILO.

Furthermore, in order to share information on unionisation efforts, there was an information-sharing session on the process of organising from formation to registration, as well as a mock unionisation session conducted under the direction of the national coordinators.

Three of the six ITUC-BC education coordinators who managed the seminar had participated in the JILAF’s Invitation Programmme before, and it was good to see them active as leaders in their own country and contributing to the development of the labour movement in Bangladesh.

The participants listened attentively to the lectures and positively asked questions, such as “What is the mechanism for resolving labour-management disputes in Japan?”; “Is there any system of security relating to industrial accidents?”; and “What is the state of Japan’s ratification of the ILO conventions?”

On the last day of the seminar, the participants compiled an action plan. Being divided by 6 groups, they selected regions and industries where unionisation has not advanced and will conduct organising activities on the basis of the plan, The ITUC-BC will continue to provide them with advice and guidance in order to support their activities.

The participants made positive comments such as “I will utlilise the negotiating methods that I learned in this seminar for my own organising activities” and “I will be active as an organizer who is trusted by union members.”


07/13FriLabour-management relations seminar (Day 1)
07/14SatLabour-management relations seminar (Day 2)
07/15SunLabour-management relations seminar (Day 3)

Photos of the Participants

Bro. Katsuo, Assistant General Secretary of the JILAF addresses in the opening ceremony.

An ITUC-BC national coordinator (invited to Japan in fiscal 2008) gives a lecture

The seminar participants