—Online meetings held February 8–19, 2021—
A total of five persons (including four women) in Indonesia and five persons (including two women) in Thailand participated from Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 12 and from Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19, respectively, and completed the whole program.
Partly because this team was being reinvited, the program focused on the issues of the prevention and methods of settlement of industrial disputes and the sharing of case studies. In their comments after the lectures, participants in both Indonesia and Thailand remarked that while mechanisms for the settlement of disputes did exist in their countries, they were not functioning as well as in Japan, suggesting that operational issues were the problem.
In the Exchange of Views on Labour Situation session, which was held online for the first time, the participants presented various examples of industrial disputes and shared information on industrial relations in their countries, points of contention between labour and management amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and other topics. After the presentations, the participants engaged in lively discussions among themselves toward the building of constructive industrial relations, recognizing, for example, that daily communication between labour and management is important for the prevention of industrial disputes and that opportunities for regular discussions should be created.
The following were the main points of the action plans proposed by the participants:
(1) “I will demand the implementation of regular two-party consultations between management and the union and make communication and consultations between the two sides more efficient.” (Indonesia)
(2) “I will build a network of consultation services relating to labour-management problems so as to prevent industrial disputes. I will utilize the method of declaring grievances in writing or via the Internet.” (Indonesia)
(3) “I will form a youth committee at the Thai Trade Union Congress [TTUC]. There hasn’t been one until now, but I will realize such a committee in order to dig deeper into workers and labour problems.” (Thailand)
(4) “In order to prevent the outbreak of labour problems, starting in April, I will organize once-a-week training in labour legislation for union members.” (Thailand)
|■||RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)||■||Central Labour Relations Commission|
Many thanks to everyone.