Central and South America Team

JILAF invited a team of nine persons (including two women) from eight organizations in four Central and South American countries to visit Japan from October 14 to 27.

Throughout the two-week program, the participants showed an awareness of the problems in various fields and actively put forward constructive opinions and questions at the lectures and places visited, comparing the situation in Japan with conditions in their own countries and engaging in discussions aimed at finding solutions to the issues.

The participants showed particular interest in the problem of the increasing number of dispatch workers in Japan, since the same phenomenon is occurring in their countries as well, and many of them argued that trade unions should give top priority to this issue from now on. They also showed great interest in the problem of the declining organization rate in Japan and the raison d’être of unions.

In the RENGO Gunma program, the participants visited Hello Work Maebashi, the Labour Policy Division of the Gunma Prefectural Government, and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., where they heard explanations of their business and activities and engaged in discussions. In discussions with executives of RENGO Gunma, they asked questions about such matters as RENGO Gunma’s priority activities and policies, the sense of trust that people feel toward union activities, and employment measures for young people. At Hello Work Maebashi, among other things, they asked questions about the founding objectives of Hello Work, the number of industrial accidents, measures for disabled persons and the elderly, and support for companies offering employment.

In the industrial federation and workplace program, the participants visited Kikan Roren (Japan Federation of Basic Industry Workers’ Unions) and the East Japan Works Keihin Area of JFE Steel Corporation, which belongs to Kikan Roren. Here the participants engaged in discussions on such topics as industrial accidents, recruitment conditions (gender and age), the method of receiving improvement proposals from workers, and the existence of bonuses in accordance with the content of these proposals. At the East Japan Works Keihin Area of JFE Steel, they also observed the steelmaking process involving the reduction and melting of iron ore and saw workers (union members) working in a high-temperature environment. After that, they held discussions with union executives at JFE Steel and, in light of their workplace inspection, showed much interest in such topics as the existence of allowances for dangerous work, the number of industrial accidents, and the form of labour-management consultations on measures to improve the workplace environment.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

RENGO GunmaGunma Prefectural Government Office
Hello Work MaebashiFuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Workers’ UnionKikan Roren
JFE Steel Corporation, East Japan Works Keihin AreaJFE Steel Keihin Area Workers’ Union
Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

Many thanks to everyone.

Central and South America Team Participants

Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT)

1.NameMs. Jandyra Massue Uehara Alves
 Name of organizationCentral Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT)
 PositionDirectora Ejecutiva Nacional
 Union experience12

Forca Sindical (FS)

2.NameMr. Antonio de Sousa Ramalho Junior
 Name of organizationForca Sindical (FS)
 PositionSegundo secretario
 Union experience10

Uniao Geral dos Trabalhadores (UGT)

3.NameMr. Paulo Cesar Rossi
 Name of organizationUniao Geral dos Trabalhadores (UGT) Estado de Parana
 Union experience16

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Honduras(CTH)

4.NameMr. Marvin Alberto Gomez Reyes
 Name of organizationSindicato de Trabajadores de la Empresa Nacional Portuaria (SITRAENP)
 Union experience22

Confederación Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras(CUTH)

5.NameMr. Jose Geovanny Lopez Mendoza
 Name of organizationConfederación Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras(CUTH)
 PositionCoodinador nacional de juventud
 Union experience7

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico (CTM)

6.NameMr. Juan Carlos Felix Vasquez
 Name of organizationSindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de las Industrias Metal Mecanica Automotriz y Proveedoras de Autopartes en General
 PositionDelegado nacional
 Union experience14

Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico (CTM)

7.NameMr. Uriel Francisco Gomez Pineda
 Name of organizationSindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria Lactea
 PositionAasesor nacional
 Union experience14

Union Nacional de Trabajadores(UNT)

8.NameMs. Dae Mata Franco
 Name of organizationSindicato de Telefonistas de la Republica Mexcana
 PositionSecretaria de Trabajo del Comité ejecutivo Nacional
 Union experience9

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores del Peru (CUT-PERU)

9.NameMr. Oscar Rafael Blancas Chauca
 Name of organizationCentral Unitaria de Trabajadores del Peru (CUT-PERU)
 PositionMember of the executive committee
 Union experience5

Photos of Participants

Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

Discussion at Hello Work Maebashi

Courtesy visit to the vice-governor of Gunma Prefecture

Visit to Fuji Heavy Industries Gunma Main Plant

Visit to Kikan Roren

Discussion with JFE Steel Keihin Area Workes' Union