Asia Youth Team

JILAF invited the Asia Youth Team to visit Japan from June 7 to 16. The team consisted of nine persons (including two women) from eight organizations in five countries (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand). SENTRO in the Philippines was participating in the invitation program for the first time.
Throughout the program as a whole, the participants showed a positive attitude toward learning about the problems and issues facing Japanese trade unions and policies for their solution. They also displayed much interest in practical matters, such as means of settling disputes when workers face unfair labour practices, ways of guaranteeing that employers comply with legislation, and effective collective bargaining methods.
The participants were able to deepen their understanding of labour-related legislation and labour practices in Japan through lectures on “The Role and Issues of Postwar Japanese Trade Unions,” “Legislation Supporting the Labour Movement,” “The Minimum Wage Mechanism,” and “The Democratic Management of Trade Unions”; group discussions on “the labour-management consultation system and collective bargaining” and “exchange of opinions on youth employment”; visits to Jichiro (All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union) and the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo metropolitan government; and other activities. In addition, during their stay in Japan, they were joined by four members of a Japanese industrial federation for global discussions on the issue of youth employment.
The main comments and requests from participants were as follows:
---“I was surprised that there are so few illegal labour acts in Japan, such as union busting.”
---“I felt that communication between labour and management in Japanese workplaces is wonderful.”
---“I felt that the sound industrial relations in Japan are related to its unique cultural, social, and political background.”
---“I would like to have known a little more about the productivity improvement movement.”

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

JichiroTokyo Transport Workers’ Union
Bureau of Transportation, Tokyo metropolitan government

Many thanks to everyone.

Asia Youth Team Participants

Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)

1.NameMr.Umamaheshwara Rao KOMMOJU
 Name of organizationVisakha Steel Employees Congress
 PositionJoint Secretary
 Union experience4

Hind Mazdoor Sabha(Indian Labour Association )(HMS)

2.NameMr. Prashant Mahendranμh Patil
 Name of organizationNational Railway Mazdoor Union
 PositionChairman, Matunga Branch
 Union experience10

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU)

3.NameMs. Novita Sari
 Name of organizationBina Pertiwi Trade Union
 PositionYouth Committee Member
 Union experience3

Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (CITU)

4.NameMr. Arda Dasuki
 Name of organizationIndocement Labour Union (SP ITP)
 PositionDiv. R&D
 Union experience5

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

5.NameMr. Muhamad Azhar Juhari
 Name of organizationUniversity Malaya General Staff Union
 PositionSecretary of Financial
 Union experience6

Malaysian Trades Union Congress(MTUC)

6.NameMr. Mohd AzizuI Bin Abd Rahman
 Name of organizationBeverages Industry Executive Union
 PositionVice President
 Union experience11

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines(TUCP)

7.NameMs. May Ann Tirana Go
 Name of organizationJose Rizal University Employees Union
 PositionVice Chair of Youth Committee
 Union experience3

8.NameMr. Lester Jay Lim Catamin
 Name of organizationAlliance of Progressive Labor Youth, SENTRO
 PositionIncoming National Youth Coordinator
 Union experience3

9.NameMs. Jonahlyn Raymundo Palma
 Name of organizationSt. Luke's Medical Center-Global City-Employees Association
 PositionYouth Chairwoman
 Union experience1

ITUC Thai Council(ITUC-TC)

10.NameMr. Tossapol Plongthung
 Name of organizationState Railway Workers Union of Thailand
 PositionAcademic Committee Member
 Union experience4

Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand(CILT)

11.NameMs. Sirijunyaporn Jangthonglang
 Name of organizationYS PUND Worker's Union
 Union experience6

Photos of Participants

In front of the RENGO Kaikan

Courtesy visit to RENGO General Secretary Rikio Kozu

Group discussion on the problem of youth employment

Presentation of mock collective bargaining

Discussion with Jichiro

Discussion with the Tokyo Transport Workers’ Union

Explanation of the general command center of the Tokyo metropolitan government’s Bureau of Transportation

Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Discussion with JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo