JILAF and the International Labour Organization (ILO) held a multinational seminar in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 21–25 on the main theme of unstable employment and countermeasures. The seminar was attended by 24 young trade union leaders from the Asia-Pacific region.
At the opening of the seminar, Regional Director Yoshiteru Uramoto of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific remarked, “Asian countries have been continuing to achieve economic growth in recent years, but as a consequence the informal-sector economy is steadily expanding as well. The objective of this seminar is to examine the present state of the informal economy in Asia, understand the issues, and consider the efforts of trade unions from now on.”
Next, JILAF Executive Shinichi Hasegawa addressed the participants, commenting, “The reality is that trade unions in Asian countries on the whole have a low organization ratio among informal-sector workers. First of all, unions must urgently raise their awareness of the problems of informal-sector workers in general and endeavor to improve their conditions through a variety of activities.”
The five-day program that followed included lectures and discussions on such topics as (1) efforts to realize decent work amid the growing informal economy; (2) the ILO’s conventions and recommendations relating to unstable employment; and (3) issues toward acquisition of the rights of assembly and collective bargaining.
During the seminar, JILAF Executive Hasegawa delivered a lecture titled “The Role of Trade Unions in Addressing Non-regular Employment in Japan,” explaining about the present state of non-regular employment in Japan and the efforts of trade unions to tackle this matter. After the lecture, he replied to questions from the participants on such issues as the content of social security schemes applicable to non-regular workers in Japan and the present state of migrant workers in Japan and countermeasures.
Through the seminar, the participants learned in a many-sided manner about the issues faced by workers in the informal economy, the significance and role of trade unions, and so on and shared and exchanged information and opinions toward the realization of decent work.
Finally, the participants compiled, presented, and discussed trade-union action plans for cooperative activities with informal-sector workers, which included a seminar to organize domestic workers (Myanmar), an occupational safety and health seminar for construction industry workers (Vietnam), and support for hairdressers through vocational training programs (Nepal).
|08/21||Wed||Multinational Seminar Day 1|
|08/22||Thu||Multinational Seminar Day 2|
|08/23||Fri||Multinational Seminar Day 3|
|08/24||Sat||Multinational Seminar Day 4|
|08/25||Sun||Multinational Seminar Day 5|