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Areas for Advancement 3

Advancement of the international labour movement towards the realization of decent work

To cope with the infringements of human rights and trade union rights occurring worldwide under the COVID-19 pandemic, based on RENGO’s “International Labour Strategy” and in collaboration with various organizations, we will promote an international labour movement grounded in constructive industrial relations. We will also work to prevent labour disputes that are occurring frequently under advancing globalization, and to promote their resolution.

1.Establishment and defense of human rights, trade union rights, and democracy

(1)We will support democratic labour movements in countries where human rights, trade union rights, and democracy are vulnerable, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. In Myanmar in particular, we will work towards the restoration of civilian rule and normalization of trade union activities through dual organizational support with Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) and by playing an active role in collaborative relationships with international organizations (ITUC, ITUC-AP, ILO).

(2)Regarding the unratified Convention No. 105 for the abolition of forced labour, one of the eight fundamental conventions of the ILO, we will call for urgent ratification procedures based on the enactment of the preparatory law for ratification. We will continue to work on Convention No. 111 for the prohibition of discriminatory treatment in employment and occupation, with the goal of achieving ratification as quickly as possible. We will also continue initiatives that utilise the system for regular reporting to the ILO, in order to restore the basic labour rights of civil servants.

(3)We will call for the steady implementation of Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (2020–2025), formulated in October 2020, and will work towards respect for human rights in corporate activities.

2.Strengthening of collaboration with international organizations

(1)In cooperation with domestic and overseas Global Unions consisting of ITUC, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and the Development Trade Union Advisory Committee (OECD-TUAC), and global union federations (GUFs), we will work to achieve better reconstruction from the COVID-19 pandemic (“build back better”), overcome international common issues, and promote constructive industrial relations.

(2)While assessing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will engage in bilateral discussions with ITUC member organizations and nearby major national centers as necessary in order to share information on both countries’ labour movements and the challenges facing each and to strengthen solidarity.

(3)Towards the realisation of Decent Work for all workers, at G20, G7, and other intergovernmental conferences we will establish and enhance social dialogues that include trade unions, employers, the ILO, the OECD, and other international organizations, and will work to reflect the opinions of workers in policy.

(4)To contribute to the realization of Decent Work through the building of constructive industrial relations in the Asia-Pacific region, we will actively participate in and support the activities of the ITUC Regional Organization for Asia and Pacific (ITUC-AP).

(5)With ITUC-AP and JILAF, we will examine the implementation of practical initiatives for constructive discussions between labour and management in the Asia-Pacific region.

(6)To support the protection of basic workers’ rights for foreign workers before coming to Japan, we will seek dialogues with labour unions in the sending countries regarding the roles of both parties.

(7)We will collect information from the European labour unions that lead the activities of Global Unions and global labour movements, for utilization in domestic initiatives.

(8)Through the NGOs-Labour Unions International Collaboration Forum and the Child Labour Network (CL-Net), we will cooperate and collaborate with NGOs to solve international issues.

3.Initiatives for the prevention of labour disputes and promotion of solutions

(1)We will promote better corporate behavior through the strengthening of initiatives to enhance organizations’ understanding of international rules for corporate behavior, including the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct.

(2)We will call on the government to improve the operation of National Contact Point (NCP) and to promptly resolve labour disputes based on the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, to strengthen the effectiveness and operational structure of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

(3)We will work to avoid labour disputes in Japanese multinational corporations in Asia by holding bilateral seminars in collaboration with JILAF.

(4)We will promote problem solving in collaboration with GUFs and constituent organizations for the resolution of labour disputes overseas.