A JILAF delegation visited the Jordanian capital of Amman from August 18 to 27, 2013, and held a multinational seminar there. The main objectives of this seminar are to carry out a follow-up on past participants in JILAF’s Invitation Program and gather information on the labour situation in other countries. This time there was a total of 48 participants in the seminar from Jordan and surrounding countries (Tunisia, Egypt, and Palestine). Discussions took place on the state of trade union activities and the situation and labour conditions in the Middle East region.
At the beginning of the seminar, JILAF Executive Director Hisashige Danno delivered an opening address in which he touched on such issues as the democratic movements in the Middle East and North Africa and the purpose of the multinational seminar. Executive Director Danno then gave a lecture on “The World Economy at a Major Historical Turning Point and the Building of Constructive Labour-Management Relations to Support Its Development.” In the discussions that followed, there were many questions and statements about such topics as the state of nonregular workers in Japan, the impact of the information and communication technology revolution on the world economy, and, showing the high level of interest in Japanese labour-management relations, the characteristics of company-based unions.
Four representatives of the participating countries then delivered reports on such matters as the importance of labour-management consultations, the need for union member education, and relations between the national center and the government, focusing on how they were utilizing what they had learned in Japan in trade union activities in their own country and the present conditions of trade unions.
In addition, many people commented that the Invitation Program has a good reputation in the Middle East and expressed hope for continued support in the future.
The JILAF delegation also visited many related organizations, including the Japanese Embassy in Jordan and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Jordan Office, and was able to gather much information on the labour situation in not only Jordan but the Middle East as a whole.
|08/20||Tue||Visit to the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU)|
|08/21||Wed||Visits to the ITUC Jordan Office, Jordanian Ministry of Labour, and Japanese Embassy in Jordan|
|08/23||Fri||Meeting with the GFJTU|
|08/24||Sat||Visit to a GFJTU-affiliated organization (Pepsi Cola plant)|