English-Speaking Africa Team

—Online meetings held October 26–30, 2020—

Opening ceremony

A total of 10 persons (including 4 women) from four countries (Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia) participated from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 and completed the program without hitch.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the participants took part in the online program from their workplace or home, but all of them managed to receive the full program according to schedule.

The following were the main points of the action plans proposed by the participants:
(1) “I would like to introduce a system like Japan’s labour-management consultations and collective bargaining in enterprise-based unions and local community unions. In addition, by making such policy proposals, I want to link them to the enactment of legislation.” (Zambia)
(2) “I was extremely interested in the activities of the labour banks. Financial regulations are strict in my country, so careful consideration is needed to determine whether a similar system can be introduced. But I want to try and build such a system.” (South Africa)
(3) “I want to launch a labour consultations platform linking senior trade union officials and workers. And I want to take up the matters identified through these consultations as priority policy issues.” (Ghana)
(4) “I deepened my knowledge of the need for a productivity movement advocating the three guiding principles of productivity and the role of trade unions. From now on I want to make efforts to build industrial relations through labour-management dialogue.” (Nigeria)

List of Cooperating Organizations

RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)Japan Productivity Center
Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)National Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Opening address by JILAF Director General Takayuki Yagi

Online session with participants