ITUC-TC/JILAF Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminars in Thailand

Group photo at a seminar

  JILAF held industrial relations and labour policy seminars in Si Racha on July 6–7 and Bangkok on July 9 together with the Thai Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-TC). The seminars were attended by a total of 97 people.

July 6–7: Si Racha
At the beginning, addresses were heard from JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo, Director Prasit Pathangkaro of the Thai Ministry of Labour’s Labour Conflict and Dispute Conciliation Group, ITUC-TC General Secretary Thavee Techateeravet, and Executive Director Sakda Hwankaew of the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand (ECOT). The speakers clarified the purpose and objectives of the seminar with the participants.

JILAF Group Leader Toshikazu Saito then spoke about the constructive industrial relations of Japanese trade unions, including the historical background. The participants asked questions about such issues as the organization of young workers, measures in response to the diversification of workers, efforts to improve the working conditions of nonregular workers, trends in the number of collective and individual industrial disputes in Japan, and the system for resolving such disputes.

Director Prasit of the Thai Ministry of Labour then explained the ministry’s efforts to prevent meaningless industrial disputes. Among other things, participants stated the view that the understanding and cooperation of employers were necessary for the building of constructive industrial relations.

As measures to prevent industrial disputes, ECOT Secretary General Siriwan Romchatthong spoke to the participants about the need to have respect for the other side’s position and to make tireless efforts to find mutual landing points, as well as the need for the education of employers and the importance of recognizing the raison d’etre of trade union executives, who are the representatives of trade union members.

In addition, group discussions were held on the themes of “Efforts toward the building of constructive industrial relations” and “The prevention of meaningless industrial disputes.” The groups then gave presentations emphasizing, among other things, the importance of mutual respect between labour and management and building relations of trust, the need to share correct information and avoid biased perspectives, and the importance of labour and management confronting each other with good faith and sincerity. In response to the group presentations, JILAF Group Leader Saito shared his view that for the building of constructive industrial relations, it is important to foster not only hard skills, such as negotiating capability, but also soft skills, such as respect, understanding, and trust of the other side. He also urged the participants to always endeavor to practice what they had learned in the seminar in shop-floor industrial relations.

The seminar in Si Racha ended with a comment by JILAF President Nagumo that JILAF would continue to offer unstinting cooperation toward economic development through improving the livelihood of workers in Thailand.

July 9: Bangkok
The seminar opened with addresses from JILAF President Nagumo, Director Pramot Chaisatsilp of the Thai Ministry of Labour’s Labour Relations Bureau, General Secretary Anuchit Kaewton of the Labour Congress of Thailand (LCT), ECOT Advisor Uktish Kanchanaketu, and First Secretary Kazuma Takago of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand.

In addition to the content of his lecture in Si Racha, JILAF Group Leader Saito spoke about the social role of Japanese trade unions. The participants asked questions about such issues as the response of Japanese trade unions if jobs are lost due to the advance of artificial intelligence, measures to deal with the increase in the number of nonregular workers, measures to build constructive industrial relations in multinational enterprises, and the organization of workers in subcontracting firms.

Group discussions were held on the themes of “Measures toward the strengthening of your organization” and “Measures for trade unions to gain social recognition.” The groups gave presentations and offered such proposals as “the selection of union leaders who are respected by members,” “the implementation of educational programs on the theme of industrial relations,” “active participation in local community activities,” and “approach to schools with the aim of making students understand the raison d’etre of trade unions and the content of their activities.”

JILAF President Nagumo ended the seminar in Bangkok by expressing gratitude for the constructive discussions toward the strengthening and development of each organization’s activities and commenting that JILAF intends to continue providing support in various ways.

Schedule

DateContents
07/06SatSi Racha seminar (day 1)
07/07SunSi Racha seminar (day 2)
07/08Montransfer
07/09TueBangkok seminar

Photos of the Participants

Scene of the seminar (Si Racha)

Presentation by participants

Scene of the seminar (Bangkok)