JILAF and the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU) jointly held an industrial relations and labour policy seminar in Ulaanbaatar on May 17–18 with the participation of 80 people, including members of CMTU-affiliated industrial and enterprise-based unions in eight provinces and representatives from the Mongolian Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour and the Mongolian Productivity Organization.
At the beginning of the seminar, a JILAF representative gave a lecture titled “Socioeconomic Development and the Social Role of the Labour Movement.” After describing the changing situation surrounding workers brought about by globalization, the speaker explained that Japan’s experience in the transformation of industrial relations to a harmonious balance between cooperation through labour-management consultations and confrontation through collective bargaining would be useful for the stabilization of industrial relations in Asian countries, including industrial relations in multinational companies.
Mongolia has abundant mineral resources and in recent years has been achieving a high level of economic growth even compared with other Asian countries (real economic growth rate of over 12%). On the flip side, however, the country also faces various problems, such as a widening income gap, a high level of inflation (about 10%), and the government’s unfriendly attitude toward investment by multinational companies. In order to solve these issues, trade unions are required to conduct the labour movement with a medium- to long-term perspective and the ability to make policy proposals.
Also, in lectures titled “The Impact of Globalization on the Mongolian Economy and Society,” CMTU Vice-President Erdenebat and Director Mr. Battogtokh of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour’s SME Development Department, speaking from their respective standpoints, explained their current understanding of the problems and policies to solve them. Mr. Narangerel, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour’s expert on labour law, then explained the proposed revision of Mongolia’s Labour Code, including the extension of applicability to nonregular workers as a consequence of the diversification of employment patterns, the simplification of labour tribunal procedures for the solution of labour disputes, and reform of the labour standards inspector system.
On the second day of the seminar, the participants divided into four groups and engaged in discussions on the four themes of labour value, the promotion of social dialogue, the productivity improvement movement, and Labour Code reform. These discussions were followed by the compilation and presentation of action plans, after which CMTU Vice-President Erdenebat ended the seminar with a summary of the proceedings.
|05/17||Sat||Industrial relations and labour policy seminar day 1|
|05/18||Sun||Industrial relations and labour policy seminar day 2|