Southeast Asia Team

JILAF invited a total of 11 persons from nine organizations in six countries and one region in Southeast Asia to visit Japan from June 24 to July 7.

The Southeast Asia Team consisted of participants from countries that differ considerably from one another in various respects, including political systems and economic conditions. The issues facing the participants’ countries therefore differ substantially depending on the national situation, and in the labour-related lectures and places visited there was a clear tendency for the participants to ask a variety of questions and make various statements in search of hints toward the solution of their countries’ problems.

In response, the Japanese side uniformly explained, among other things, that it is essential to show respect for labour-management discussions, such as collective bargaining and labour-management consultations, in order to solve issues between labour and management and that both labour and management must cooperate in order to improve productivity. As a result, despite the diversity among their six countries and one region, the participants were able to share a common understanding of just how important sound labour-management relations are for economic and social stability and development.

In the RENGO Aomori program, the participants received an explanation of the organization and activities of RENGO Aomori and its relations with the RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) Headquarters and with Aomori Prefecture. They also visited Hello Work Aomori and Job Café Aomori to observe the front lines of employment stability administration in Aomori Prefecture. In the industrial federation and workplace visit, with the cooperation of the Japanese Association of Metal, Machinery and Manufacturing Workers (JAM), they heard an explanation of JAM’s activities and engaged in discussions with JAM representatives.

In addition, the participants visited Nara Machinery Co., Ltd., where the union is a member of JAM. As well as observing the manufacturing process there, they took part in discussions with labour and management representatives on such topics as the company’s setup for checking products before shipment and its recreational activities.

Furthermore, in a joint session with the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA), which conducts an invitation program on the management side, the participants engaged in a debate with trainees from employers’ organizations in Asian countries taking part in HIDA’s training scheme on the themes of the building of constructive labour-management relations, productivity improvement, and social dialogue. This debate again served as an opportunity for the participants to recognize the importance of labour-management dialogue.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

RENGO AomoriAomori Prefecture Government Office
Hello Work AomoriJob Café Aomori
Hachinohe CityJAM
Nara Machinery Co., Ltd.Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

Many thanks to everyone.

Southeast Asia Team Participants

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Union(CITU) 

1.NameMs. Tuti Suwartini
 Name of organizationPlant Level Union of PT. Glaxo Wellcome Indonesia
 PositionChairperson and CITU Vice President
 Union experience12

Konfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia(KSBSI)

2.NameMs. Ema Liliefina
 Name of organizationKonfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (KSBSI)
 PositionPublic Relation
 Union experience13

Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia(KSPSI)

3.NameMr. Housni Mubaraq
 Name of organizationFederation of Labor Unions on Trade, Banking and Insurance (FSPNIBA)
 Union experience5

Fiji Trades Union Congress(FTUC)

4.NameMs. Peallace Jonnrea Antonio
 Name of organizationFiji Trades Union Congress(FTUC)
 PositionYouth Committee Member
 Union experience1

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions(HKCTU )

5.NameMs. Pauline Yeung
 Name of organizationHong Kong Baptist University Faculty and Staff Union
 PositionVice Chairman
 Union experience8

Lao Federation of Trade Unions(LFTU)

6.NameMs. Amphayvank Monola
 Name of organizationLao Federation of Trade Unions(LFTU)
 PositionTechnical Staff
 Union experience3

Lao Federation of Trade Unions(LFTU)

7.NameMr. Anthilath Oudomdeth
 Name of organizationLao Federation of Trade Unions(LFTU)
 PositionDeputy Head of Labour Protection Division
 Union experience11

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

8.NameMs. Nasrifah Binti Sukarni
 Name of organizationNational Union Petroleum and Chemical Industry Workers (NUPCIW)
 PositionVice President
 Union experience12

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

9.NameMr. Faizal Dennis Aidan Abdullah
 Name of organizationSarawak Bank Employees'' Union
 PositionDeputy President
 Union experience9

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines(TUCP)

10.NameMs. Michelle Rovinia D. Belino
 Name of organizationNational Union of Bank Employees (NUBE)
 PositionChairperson of Youth
 Union experience11

Timor LesteTrade Union Confederation (TLTUC) 

11.NameMr. Tito Geronimo
 Name of organizationConstruction Workers Union of Timor Leste
 PositionGeneral Secretary
 Union experience9

Photos of Participants

Visit to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Visit to the RENGO Headquarters

Discussion with RENGO Aomori executives

Visit to Hello Work Aomori

Visit to Job Café Aomori

Visit to JAM

Visit to Nara Machinery Co., Ltd.

Joint session with HIDA

Nippon Keidanren lecture