Non-English-Speaking Youth Team

---Online meetings held September 7–11 and December 14–18, 2020---

(1) Opening ceremony (Vietnam)

Six persons in Mongolia (including two women) participated from Monday, September 7 to Friday, September 11, and five persons in Vietnam (including three women) took part from Monday, December 14 to Friday, December 18. The program was completed according to schedule.
The Non-English-Speaking Youth Team is for young participants. The Mongolian participants had an average age of 33 years and consisted of young activists seen as promising for Mongolia’s future. As well as Japan’s industrial relations and social security system, they showed much interest in such issues as the response to young trade union members. The Vietnamese participants had a higher average age of 43 years and consisted of young activists playing a core role in their national center. As well as the productivity movement, they showed much interest in such topics as efforts to improve the workplace environment.
The following are the main points of the action plans proposed by the participants:
(1) “Since Mongolian trade unions are dependent on union dues, I want to introduce a system like the labour banks in Japan and establish a setup providing economic support.” (Mongolia)
(2) “I want to actively propose the initiatives and experiences that I have learned about in the JILAF program in order to improve the skills of young trade union members and increase the degree of satisfaction in the workplace environment.” (Mongolia)
(3) “I want to introduce the mechanism of the three guiding principles of productivity into the workplaces of women workers and lobby to achieve the fair distribution of profits.” (Vietnam)
(4) “In Vietnam working time is 48 hours a week. I want to make proposals like the introduction of a productivity movement so that, like Japan, we can realize working time of 40 hours a week.” (Vietnam)

List of Cooperating Organizations

RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)Japan Productivity Center
National Conference of Associations of Small Business Entrepreneurs (Chudokyo)Zenrosai Kyokai (National Association of Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance)

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

(2) Online program (Mongolia)

(3) Online program (Vietnam)