Against the background of phenomena resulting from the advance of globalization, including the expansion of supply chains, violation of the rights of workers by multinational companies, and a lack of everyday communication between labour and management, numerous conflicts are arising between labour and management worldwide. In response, RENGO will work to advance an international labour movement based on constructive industrial relations in cooperation with diverse organizations.
1.Strengthening of cooperation with international organizations
(1)To enable us to overcome shared international issues and promote the spread of constructive industrial relations, we will strengthen our cooperation with trade unions throughout the world, the ITUC, the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (OECD-TUAC), and domestic and overseas unions constituting global union federations (GUFs) for various industry sectors. In addition, as necessary, we will engage in bilateral consultation with ITUC member organizations and the neighbouring main national centres.
(2)Seeking to realize decent work for all workers, in cooperation with global unions, we will work to establish and enhance social dialogue with intergovernmental meetings including G20 and G7, international organizations including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the OECD, and other entities.
(3)In order to contribute to the realization of decent work by building constructive industrial relations in the Asia-Pacific region, we will actively participate in and support the activities of the ITUC Regional Organisation for Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP).
(4)As a practical initiative for mutual constructive discussion between labour and management, we will consider conducting trade union-led occupational health and safety training overseas in cooperation with the ITUC-AP and the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF).
(5)In order to ensure basic workers’ rights for foreign workers in Japan, we will seek dialogue concerning mutual roles with trade unions in dispatching countries.
(6)We will consider measures that we can utilize for domestic initiatives by cooperating with unions in Europe that lead global union initiatives and the world labour movement, and improving our information-gathering capacity.
(7)We will participate in the International NGO-Trade Union Cooperation Forum and Child Labour Network (CL-Net), enabling us to engage in cooperation and collaboration with NGOs, working towards the resolution of international issues.
2.Efforts to prevent labour-management conflict and promotion of solutions
(1)We will work to promote understanding within the organization of international rules for corporate behaviour including the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, and we will strengthen our efforts to disseminate this information to employers.
(2)By holding bilateral seminars in cooperation with JILAF, we will work to prevent labour disputes involving Japanese multinationals in the Asian region.
(3)In order to boost the effectiveness and enhance the system for application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, we will call on the government to strengthen the functions of National Contact Points (NCP) and rapidly resolve labour disputes.
(4)Seeking to resolve labour-management conflict overseas, we will promote problem-solving in cooperation with GUFs and affiliated organisations.
3.Human rights, trade union rights and democracy: Advocacy and establishment
(1)We will strengthen our efforts towards ratification of the ILO Conventions for which RENGO seeks ratification as a priority. In particular, of the eight fundamental Conventions, we will seek urgent ratification of the still-unratified Convention No. 105 (Abolition of Forced Labour) and Convention No. 111 (Discrimination (Employment and Occupation)). In addition, we will strengthen our lobbying of the ILO and other entities towards restoration of the basic labour rights of civil servants.
(2)We will support democratic labour movements in nations in the Asia-Pacific region in which human rights, trade union rights and democracy are fragile.
(3)We will work to realize the rapid formulation of the National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights announced by the government.