Eurasia Team

JILAF invited eight persons (including four women) from seven organizations in seven countries to visit Japan from November 28 to December 11, 2010.

Through the program as a whole, the Eurasia Team participants learned about such topics as Japan's labour-management relations, labour legislation, productivity movement, social security system, and relationship between politics and the labour movement.
In the Rengo Akita program, after paying a courtesy visit to the governor of Akita Prefecture, the participants visited the Akita Thermal Power Station of Tohoku Electric Power Co., the Hello Work Akita employment office, and other places. Since the countries of the participants face serious employment conditions, they were especially interested in the system of job introductions and unemployment benefit functions and enthusiastically engaged in discussions. They also deepened their understanding of the Japanese labour movement through discussions and exchange with executives and the Youth and Women Committee of Rengo Akita.
At the Japan Productivity Center, the participants heard explanations of the postwar history of the productivity movement in Japan and its three guiding principles and commented eagerly that they wanted to continue studying this topic after their return home.
In the visit to an industrial organization and workplace, they went to the Saitama Plant of Honda Motor Co. In the discussions with union executives, the participants asked questions about such topics as the wage system, the results of this year’s spring labour offensive, and how collective bargaining and labour-management consultations are actually conducted, thereby deepening their understanding of union activities and labour-management relations.
While recognizing the differences with their own countries, the participants commented, for example, that they wanted to utilize the knowledge they had gained in Japan for the development of the labour movements in their own countries.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

Rengo AkitaAkita Prefectural Government
Hello Work AkitaAkita Labour Bureau
Tohoku Electric Power Co. Akita Thermal Power StationAkita International University
Honda Motor Co. Labour Union Saitama Branch (Saitama Plant, Honda Motor Co.)Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives)

Many thanks to everyone.

Eurasia Team Participants

Azerbaijan Trade Union Confederation(AHIK)  

1.NameMs. Saida Galib GARIBOVA
 Name of organizationAzerbaijan Trade Unions Confederation (AHIK)
 PositionSpecialist of International Department
 Union experience5

Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions(BKDP)

2.NameMr. Andrei LABANAU
 Name of organizationPrimary Organization of Free Metalworkers'' Union (SPM) at OAO "Lyos" Company
 PositionMember of Council, Treasurer
 Union experience16

Georgian Trade Unions Confederation(GTUC)  

3.NameMs. Ana GOGAVA
 Name of organizationGeorgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC)
 PositionHead of the Department of Public and International Relations
 Union experience7

Georgian Trade Unions Confederation(GTUC)  

4.NameMs. Magdana MARUASHVILI
 Name of organizationGeorgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC)
 PositionProgram Coordinator of GTUC Training center
 Union experience5

Confederation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Moldova(CNSM)  

5.NameMr.Victor TALMACI
 Name of organizationConstructions and Building Materials Industry (SINDICONS)
 PositionPresident, Member of CNSM Confederal Committee
 Union experience30

Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions(TURK-IS)  

6.NameMr. Zekeriye NAZLIM
 Name of organizationCement and Ceramic Workers Union of Turkey (CIMSE-IS)
 Union experience15

Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine(KVPU)

7.NameMs. Ganna Yuriyivna KYSLYTSKA
 Name of organizationConfederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU)
 PositionSpecialist of Media Department
 Union experience5

Trade Unions Federation of Uzbekistan (TUFU)  

8.NameMr. Tulkin TESHABAEV
 Name of organizationCentral Council of Trade Union of Workers of Communication
 Union experience10

Photos of Participants

Labour-related lecture

Visit to the Rengo Headquarters

Courtesy visit to Akita Prefecture Governor Norihisa Satake

Visit to Hello Work Akita

Discussion with Rengo Akita

Thinking about peace at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Visit to the Japan Productivity Center

Visit to the Saitama Plant of Honda Motor Co.

Visit to the Zenrosai Headquarters