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Action Policies 2018-2019


Promotion of decent work through the establishment of social dialogue

1.With the ultimate goal of realizing decent work for all, RENGO will redouble its efforts including the World Day for Decent Work in cooperation with the RENGO local organizations, affiliates, the Global Union Federations (GUFs), and NGOs in order first to popularize the concept of decent work and make it known to the public.

2.RENGO will work together with the global unions(Note 1) such as ITUC to establish and enrich social dialogue in the G20 and G8/G7 summits, meetings among international institutions or governments, such as the ILO (International Labour Organization), OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), WTO (World Trade Organization), IMF (International Monetary Fund), WB (World Bank), ADB (Asian Development Bank), APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), and ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting), and meetings among the governments of regions with progressing economic integration. In addition, with regard to the 2019 G20 Summit, which will be chaired by Japan, RENGO will work to realize a meeting between the G20 leaders and trade unions.

3.RENGO will proactively participate in and support activities of ITUC Asia-Pacific (ITUC-AP) while cooperating with the ILO in order to contribute to the realization of decent work through establishment of a constructive labor-management relation in the Asia-Pacific region.

4.RENGO will strengthen efforts aimed at ratification of "ILO Conventions whose ratification is prioritized by RENGO." Specifically, RENGO will call for prompt ratification of the two as-yet-unratified Core Labour Standards, namely, the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111), and full application of the six conventions that have already been ratified. In addition, RENGO will strengthen efforts to urge the ILO and other organizations to take up the issue of restoring basic labor rights for public service workers.

5.With regard to the economic partnership agreement, RENGO will work together with trade unions of relevant counties to call more strongly on concerned government agencies to propel conformance to the Core Labour Standards and to encourage a sustainable economic development, improve the living standard of the citizens, and raise the real income through the Agreement.

Promotion of responsible business conduct by multinational enterprises

6.RENGO will add SDGs, as a tool for labor-management consultations in multinational enterprises, to the "social responsibilities of multinational enterprises and international rules," and issue a revised version. At the same time, RENGO will enhance efforts to facilitate in-house understanding of the international rules for business conduct, including "the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises," "ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy," "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," and "ISO 26000 (guidance on social responsibility)" and to penetrate and raise awareness of such rules for the management.

7.RENGO will work with affiliates and GUFs to ensure that constructive labor-management relations are established throughout Japanese multinational enterprises and their supply chains. In addition, RENGO will strengthen efforts to ensure that sound labor-management relations are established by Japanese multinational enterprises based in Asia and that labor disputes are resolved through dialogue between labor and management, by organizing bilateral seminars and other similar sessions and through cooperation with the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF).

8.To increase the effectiveness and implementation scheme for the "OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises," RENGO will strengthen its appeals to the Japanese National Contact Point (NCP)(Note 2) and work to realize prompt resolution of issues by utilizing its network of trade unions to its fullest capacity. In addition, RENGO will work to improve the practical function of the Japanese NCP Committee and to promote tripartite cooperation with the goal of establishing healthy labor-management relations in Japanese multinational enterprises.

9.Through cooperation with the ITUC and other related organizations, RENGO will promote conformance to the Core Labour Standards by each one of the providers (supplier and licensee) of all goods and services and in their supply chains in 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and heighten awareness of the social responsibility of companies in the society at large. In addition, RENGO will work together with affiliates and GUFs to encourage the conclusion of global/international framework agreements (GFAs/IFAs).

10.It is required to implement a practical and concrete program which encourages constructive dialogue between labor and management and which promotes decent work. RENGO will start working with the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF) to discuss how RENGO will fulfill its roles, in order to ensure that practical industrial safety and health training and other programs are carried out, led by trade unions, as a practical effort to realize constructive labor-management dialogue first in the Asia-Pacific region.

Promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

11.Aiming for resolution of various challenges listed in the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations(Note 3), RENGO will call on the government and international organizations to proactively participate and make comments in round-table conferences for stakeholders held by the government, further enrich activities of the "Forum for NGO-Trade Unions in International Cooperation" and "Child Labor Network," penetrate such challenges on the May Day, put forth efforts in cooperation and collaboration with NGOs, such as hosting symposiums, facilitate dialogue between labor and management over contributions as the private sector, and support development in cooperation with the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (ITUC-TUDCN).

12.RENGO will cooperate with the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF) in calling on the government to promote development cooperation through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) focused on labor and, more specifically, human resources development.

Protection and establishment of human rights, trade union rights, and democracy

13.RENGO will proactively participate in campaigns by the ITUC and Global Unions to protect human rights and trade union rights in countries around the world on the premise that prior cooperation is satisfactory. In particular, RENGO will endeavor to fulfill its regional obligation to resolve issues in the Asia-Pacific region by working together with the ITUC-AP and national centers in each country. With regard to democratization in Myanmar, which has been a RENGO’s priority, RENGO will continue to work toward creation of a democratic labor movement

Promotion of joint actions with global unions and overseas trade unions

14.RENGO will strengthen its cooperation with overseas trade unions as well as domestic and foreign Global Union member organizations to respond to various circumstances and overcome shared challenges that exist across national boundaries, and foster widen understanding of constructive labor-management relations. In addition, when necessary, RENGO will hold bilateral meetings and have interactions with trade unions of relevant countries including neighboring nations.

Enhancement of human resources development

15.RENGO will discuss and at all times propel measures to develop human resources in organizations related to international affairs, such as RENGO, affiliates, individual enterprise-based unions, the GUFs and Japan Council.

(Note 1)Global Unions refer to the nine GUFs plus ITUC and TUAC.

(Note 2)National Contact Point refers to the organization/point of contact in each country that is responsible for answering questions and resolving issues related to and promoting the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In Japan, the NCP is jointly administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

(Note 3)United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) refer to the development goals from 2016 to 2030, which were adopted at the September 2015 UN Summit. The SDGs comprise 17 goals, including "Promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all" (Goal 8), and 169 targets.