Labour-Management Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Mongolia

The JILAF, together with the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), held a labour-management relations and labour policy seminar on 22nd and 23rd August, 2013, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with the participation of about 80 people from regional and industrial organisations, the government, and an employers’ organization.

In the current fiscal year, the JILAF’s labour-management relations and labour policy seminars have one main theme, that is, “Globalisation and the Role of Trade Unions” together with relevant subthemes to discuss specific issues in the countries concerned with the aim of developing trade union leaders who are capable of responding to changes in labour-management relations brought about by the global economic society.

This seminar deepened discussions on the impact of globalisation inn the Mongolian economy and labour market and, in these circumstances, efforts to solve problems such as the minimum wage, job protection, and labour law revisions through government-labour-management dialogue.

On the first day, Bro. K. Amgalanbaatar, President of the CMTU stressed the need for trade unions to respond to the changing society. He said, “Although the Mongolian economy has been continuing to develop in recent years, labour-management relations are not very good and are not leading to the improvement of working conditions and more jobs, and disparities are widening as well. Instead of only relying on underground resources, , it is necessary to develop human resources and increase the capability of trade unions to make proposals.”

The Mongolian government (Ministry of Labour) and an employers’ organisation also attended the seminar, and emphasised the importance of partnerships and the need to establish stable government functions and legislations.

The JILAF pointed out, “Since Asia’s economic growth is largely due to the entry of multinational enterprises, it is important to build constructive labour-management relations with them as well as to make efforts for this purpose.

On the second day, the participants were divided into four groups and separately discussed (1) importance of the minimum wage, (2) employment and job-search support and the role of trade unions, (3) labour laws revisions, and (4) the workplace environment. Each group analysed their assigned issues and compiled action plans regarding their response as trade unions. The participants commented that it was a very good opportunity to think about how trade unions should develop their activities amid the advance of globalisation.

Showing the depth of interest in this project within Mongolia, the seminar was also broadcast on state-run television.


08/22ThuSeminar day 1: Globalization and labour-management relations, the promotion of social dialogue, etc.
08/23FriSeminar day 2: Subcommittee discussions, presentations, compilation of action plans

Photos of the Participants

Lecture by Bro. K. Amgalanbaatar, President, the CMTU

Opening ceremony

Subcommittee meeting