LFTU Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminars in Laos

Group photo of participants in the Vientiane seminar

JILAF held industrial relations and labour policy seminars on the main theme of “The building of constructive industrial relations toward the prevention of industrial disputes” in the Lao capital of Vientiane on November 25–26 and in Savannakhet in central Laos on November 28–29, 2019. The seminar in Vientiane was attended by 70 people and the one in Savannakhet by 53 people.

At the seminar in Vientiane, JILAF Director General Takao Yasunaga gave an opening address emphasizing the significance of the seminar, and then Vice-President Symoun Ounlasy of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), Deputy Director Khampat of the Labour Protection Department of the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Deputy Secretary Daovading of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed their expectations of the seminar.

JILAF Director General Yasunaga then delivered a lecture outlining Japan’s minimum wage system, talking about the process for determining the minimum wage, minimum wage trends in Japan, and measures to ensure proper implementation of the minimum wage. The participants were able to learn about Japan’s experience and know-how. Director General Yasunaga also gave a talk on the social security system supporting the labour movement, explaining Japan’s social security system and the mechanism of livelihood protection.

Noncompliance with the minimum wage and inadequate social security are problems in Laos, so the participants asked many questions and made comments on measures to ensure implementation and the decision process.

In addition, there were explanations from the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on the minimum wage system in Laos and the LFTU on the results of a survey toward compliance with the minimum wage.

Finally, the participants divided into nine groups and compiled action plans on the two themes of “Efforts toward the prevention of industrial disputes” and “Proposals toward compliance with the revised minimum wage.” Regarding the former, there were many plans for the promotion of organization. Regarding the latter, participants commented on the need for tripartite (government-labour-management) dialogue and the clarification of their respective roles toward compliance.

At the seminar in Savannakhet in central Laos, JILAF Counselor Koichi Oyama acted as speaker, giving lectures, as in Laos, on “An Outline of Japan’s Minimum Wage System” and “The Social Security System Supporting the Labour Movement.” As in Vientiane, the Savannakhet Branch of the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the LFTU also gave detailed explanations of the minimum wage system, thereby deepening the understanding of participants.

The participants in Savannakhet then divided into five groups to compile action plans on the same themes as the Vientiane seminar. In Savannakhet, as well as comments on the importance of organization and the need for tripartite dialogue and cooperation, participants said that they wanted to include programs relating to workers, including the minimum wage system, in the educational curriculum.

At both the Vientiane and Savannakhet seminars, many participants commented to the effect that they wanted to introduce Japan’s experience and know-how in a manner suitable to Laos to solve such issues as compliance with the minimum wage and build constructive industrial relations.

Schedule

DateContents
11/25MonIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar in Vientiane (day 1)
11/26TueIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar in Vientiane (day 2)
11/27WedTransfer
11/28ThuIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar in Savannakhet (day 1)
11/29FriIndustrial relations and labour policy seminar in Savannakhet (day 2)

Photos of the Participants

Opening of the Vientiane seminar

Lecture by JILAF at the Vientiane seminar

Participants compile action plans at the Vientiane seminar.

Opening of the Savannakhet seminar

Group photo at the Savannakhet seminar

Lecture by JILAF at the Savannakhet seminar

Question from a participant at the Savannakhet seminar

Participants compile action plans at the Savannakhet seminar.

A participant presents his action plan at the Savannakhet seminar.