Multinational Seminar

JILAF, together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), held a multinational seminar in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 21st - 25th, 2012 on the theme of "Promoting Freedom of Association and Decent Work for workers in precarious employment". The seminar welcomed 23 trade union leaders from Asia-Pacific region.

For the opening of the seminar, Mr. Shinichi Hasegawa, Director of JILAF stated that “An increasing number of workers are being placed in precarious employment as a result of widening disparities caused by the impact of globalization and so on. Trade unions must tackle against the issue more than ever”.

The five-day program included lectures on such topics as efforts to realize decent work amid economic crisis, ILO conventions and recommendations relating to precarious employment, and issues toward acquiring the rights of organization and collective bargaining, as well as discussions and exchange.

In the program, Mr. Hasegawa delivered a lecture on “Role of Trade Unions for Precarious Employment in Japan,” in which he introduced the current situation of non-regular workers in Japan and related issues and explained the efforts of the government and trade unions, including RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), to address this problem. The participants showed great interest in such matters as the activities of RENGO’s ‘Center for Non-regular Workers’.

On the final day, the participants compiled action plans based on what they had learned in the program, setting such specific activity goals as “promoting a program to organize informal sector workers” and “launching a campaign to increase awareness of unstable employment.”


08/21TueMultination seminar (day 1)
08/22WedMultination seminar (day 2)
08/23ThuMultination seminar (day 3)
08/24FriMultination seminar (day 4)
08/25SatMultination seminar (day 5)

Photos of the Participants

Scene of the seminar

Lecture on non-regular work in Japan

Q&A session

Group discussions

Compilation of action plans

Presentation of action plans