Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar held in Mongolia

JILAF President Nagumo gives an opening address at the Ulaanbaatar labour seminar in June.

In collaboration with the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), JILAF held an industrial policy and labour relations seminar for two days on June 21 and 22, 2017. A total of 80 participants, including 45 women, comprising representatives of CMTU’s provincial chapters, leaders of CMTU member organizations, and others, participated in the seminar held at a hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

 The seminar was opened with addresses by CMTU President Amgalanbaatar Khayankhyarvaa and JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo. In continuation, Mr. Tsuji , Group Leader, gave a detailed lecture on the roles and challenges of the labour movement in Japan, the social security system for the protection of workers, and other subjects.
 Next, reports on the promotion of social dialogue for constructive labour-management relations were made by leaders of labour, government, and employers, respectively, as follows: (1) The CMTU President remarked that the realization of social dialogue had been delayed as a result of the change of government and for other political reasons, but the labour stance was not active enough, so it was necessary to promote the dialogue based on actual good practices. (2) An official of the Labour Adjustment Bureau explained the actual state of the tripartite talks among the government, labour, and management. (3) The vice president of the Mongolian Employers Federation (MONEF)explained that while dialogue had been maintained in large private corporations, those with the government had not progressed enough, impacted by the change of administration. He also remarked that MONEF was not well enough established, while the determination of the CMTU was much appreciated.

 Subsequently, labour union representatives reported a number of good practices and positive activities being carried out in local areas, demonstrating that the establishment of constructive labour-management relations, as a whole, had been progressing slowly but steadily. JILAF commented that labour and management should recognize each other as social partners; to that end, labour unions should do their utmost on their part; and JILAF pays its fullest respect to the CMTU’s effort to carry out positive activities.

 On the second day, the current status of government-labour cooperation, including the election of nonregular supervisors (concurrently serving the union), was reported by the Specialized State Inspection Agency. The report emphasized that while two-party cooperation was progressing, it was necessary for both parties to carry out their duties with a due sense of responsibility.
 Representing the Labour Social Insurance Agency, the official responsible for the promotion of social dialogue (i) explained the good results of the promotion of three-party dialog undertaken by the Labour and Social Security Institute, (ii) introduced good practices of industrial relations and collective bargaining cases realized against the background of favorable social dialogue, and (iii) facilitated interactive discussion with the audience concerning labour unions’ policy proposals for the development of social dialogue.

In the closing session, CMTU President Amgalanbaatar stated that although it was quite difficult to organize the seminar immediately before the state presidential election, it was important that both labour and management be well recognized by the public, and it was a great pleasure to have had a successful seminar, which should be known by the public. Mr. Amgalanbaatar also mentioned that it was fortunate to have the participation of experts from the academic field, and added that every party should endeavor to make full use of the outcome of the seminar in further labour activities.
JILAF President Nagumo said that the significance of the CMTU’s 100-year history had been keenly recognized, showing his expectation for the next 100 years and thanking all the parties concerned. He also said that while a labour union is established on the basis of the spirit of mutual cooperation, that spirit should be a goal not only inside the union but also for the entire nation. Mr. Nagumo added that he hoped the CMTU would become trusted by Mongolian people even more than now, before closing the entre seminar program.


06/21WedSeminar 1st day
06/22ThuSeminar 2nd day

Photos of the Participants

A participant asking a question during the seminar (1)

A participant asking a question during the seminar (2)

Participants divided into groups for discussion