ACFTU/JILAF Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in China

Opening ceremony

On November 25, 2020, JILAF and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) jointly held an industrial relations and labour policy seminar. The seminar was attended by a total of 39 people, including First Secretary Kensei Takenaka of the Japanese Embassy in China, members of the ACFTU headquarters, and faculty and students of the China Institute of Labour Relations.
Directed by Mr. Zhao Ling of the ACFTU, the seminar opened with an explanation by JILAF Executive Director Masayuki Shiota of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Japanese labour market and the response of the Japanese government utilizing employment insurance and so on. Associate Professor Qiao Jian of the China Institute of Labour Relations then explained the impact of Covid-19 on the Chinese economy, countermeasures implemented by the ACFTU, and the desirable form of on-site assistance in such critical conditions. In addition, he gave a detailed explanation of such matters as measures to maintain the motivation of workers and notification to local trade unions on the protection of workers. He also mentioned that the next five-year plan, which includes the utilization of big data, was scheduled to be announced in 2021 and was likely to become a major topic in industrial relations as well.
Finally, JILAF Executive Director Shiota spoke about the labour movement and industrial relations in Japan and, in particular, the labour-management consultation system and future challenges. The participants asked such questions as whether there was any possibility of the various temporary measures being implemented in Japan now to combat Covid-19 becoming permanent measures, to which JILAF Executive Director Shiota gave replies.
In closing the seminar, Inspector General Xu Enyi of the ACFTU’s International Department again expressed gratitude for the holding of the seminar amid the Covid-19 pandemic and added, “At a time when the fourteenth five-year plan [2021–25] and a long-term plan up to 2035 are to be discussed by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, I feel that the ACFTU also faces various issues, including the strengthening of industrial relations. I hope that by further strengthening coordination with JILAF, we can work toward the resolution of these issues.”
First Secretary Takenaka of the Japanese Embassy in China also stated, “On behalf of the embassy, I would like to express gratitude for the continued exchange amid the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope that the face-to-face exchange that was being implemented before can be restarted as soon as possible. When it is resumed, the embassy would definitely like to participate.”
JILAF Executive Director Shiota then ended the seminar by saying, “Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an underlying tone of economic recovery can be seen as Japanese companies also restart production in China. As relations deepen due to globalization, I hope for closer ties between our countries and our organizations in the future.”

Photos of the Participants

Participants

Lecture by JILAF Executive Director Shiota