English-Speaking African Countries Team

The program was held online from Monday, October 4 to Friday, October 8.

Opening remarks by JILAF President Nagumo

A total of 10 participants (including 2 women) from 5 countries (Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, and South Africa) successfully completed the program held between October 4 and October 8.

JILAF has been implementing its programs through "online programs" via the Internet in place of training programs that invite overseas trainees to Japan due to the restrictions on entry into Japan caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The online program consisted of five days, with two days spent watching on-demand videos on labor-management relations and labor policy and three days of real-time online sessions where participants exchanged opinions with JILAF officers and followed lectures.
During the Q&A session, participants asked many questions about the status of organizing non-regular workers and union responses to gig workers, as well as about other issues.

Participants mainly proposed the following action plans.
(1) We would like to establish a labor consultation system by utilizing social networking services, as well as analyze the details of consultations by field and link this to the union's institutional policies. (Kenya)
(2) We will advocate and inspire a broad discussion within the national center to achieve climate change countermeasures and carbon neutrality. Additionally, in discussions with the government, we would like to work to encourage the government to participate in this. (South Africa)
(3) We will build constructive labor-management relations and collect best practices in labor-management relations. (Ghana)

List of Cooperating Organizations

Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO)The Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Workers’ Unions of Japan
Shikoku Electric Power Company Labor UnionThe National Conference of the Association of Small Business Entrepreneurs
Japan Productivity CenterNational Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants


Online session