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Path to the Birth of RENGO

1976 A Conference of Trade Unions for the Furtherance of Policies (SEISUI KAIGI) formed by 16 industrial federations with 3 million members.
1981 A private sector-based "Preparatory Committee for the Unification of Laborers" formed by 39 industrial federations with 3.8 million members.
1982 National Council of Trade Unions in the Private Sector (ZENMIN ROKYO) formed by 41 industrial federations with 4.25 million members, setting the stage for the foundation of RENGO.
1987 Japanese Private Sector Trade Union Confederation (JPTUC-RENGO) inaugurated, unifying private sector trade unions of SOHYO, DOMEI, CHURITSU ROREN, SHIN-SANBETSU and other independent federations. (62 affiliates with 5.55 million members)
1989 Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO) inaugurated, achieving the unification between private and public sector trade unions. (78 affiliates with 8 million members)

Major Events in RENGO's History

1989 November Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO) inaugurated.
1990 January "Labor Consultation Hotline" set up for workers
in smaller businesses and part-time workers
May Local RENGOs formed in all 47 prefectures
September "Japanese Archipelago Cleaning Campaign" launched as a nationwide united action.
1991 July "National Campaign for Working Hour Reduction: Relaxation Caravan"
September RENGO Diet Members Council launched with 141 Diet members
1992 May Official talks with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) resumed
December Hosted ICFTU-APRO 15th Regional Congress in Tokyo
1993 May Mass action, "Let's Go to the Diet to Realize Political Reform", human chain around the Diet building
1994 July "RENGO Forum on Policy and Politics" formed (274 policy makers attended)
December "Joint Study Group for the Creation of New Industries and Employment" launched in collaboration with Nikke iren (Japan Fe deration of Em ployers' Associations)
1995 Jan.-Mar. Support activities and fund-raising for victims of the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
November "RENGO International Cooperation Center" launched.
1996 February First overseas showing of "Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition" in Paris
June Nationwide united action for gender equality legislation
1997 February "10-day Sit-in in front of the Diet" held to protest the proposed medical reform plan
July "Forum on Women's Participation and Shorter
Working Hours" held
1998 January "Gathering of Smaller Unions - Forum to Rectify Disparities" held
October Walk-in by 10 thousand petitioners to block proposed revisions of the Labor Standards Law
1999 October Ceremony to commemorate RENGO's 10th Anniversary
2000 Jan.-Mar. Petition drive of 10 million signatures calling for pension reform, the reduction of healthcare costs and job creation
November WORKNET C o. Ltd. established, a RENGO-funded corporation offering job placement and worker-dispatch services
2001 January "RENGO Declaration for the 21st Century" announced, aiming at the development of a welfare society centered on labor
April Burma Office Japan established
May Mass action by 10 Million Workers "Breaking through the Crisis of Employment and Workers' Lives:
Change the Administration" staged
2002 April Mass action "We Can No Lon ger Endure―We Won't be Deceived" staged
October "Citizens Congress to Support Part-Time Workers: Fair Treatment for Part-Time Workers!" formed
2003 November Nationwide campaign to eliminate unpaid overtime launched
2004 October Relief activities and fund-raising for the Mid-Niigata Prefecture Earthquake implemented
December Hosted ICFTU 18th World Congress in Miyazaki
2005 Jan.-Apr. Signature-collection campaign aimed at the 2005 Review Conference on the Parties to the Treaty on NPT
May "Action calling for Nuclear Disarmament at UN General Assembly Hall" organized
August "Campaign to oppose a tax increase targeted at employed workers" launched
2006 January "Simultaneous nationwide campaign to oppose a tax increase targeted at employed workers" started
June "TOKYO Rally to correct disparities" held with 4,600 participants
2007 Jan.-Feb. Public Dialogues on correcting disparities held nationwide
July The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won the Upper House election
October The Department of Non-Regular Employment established at the HQ
2008 October "World Day for Decent Work" rally organized with 2,000 workers participating in Tokyo
December Year-end hotline for laid-off workers
2009 March "Tripartite Agreement for the Realization of Employment Stability and Job Creation" signed
May "Urgent Rally to free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic activists" held
August Change of government following the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) landslide victory in the general election
2010 September ITUC-Asia Pacific Labour Network
(ITUC/APLN)16th Conference held in Tokyo; participants met with Prime Minister Naoto KAN, chair of the APEC meeting.
2011 March The Great East Japan Earthquake hit; RENGO sent volunteer workers to the affected areas.
2012 January "RENGO Town Meetings: for a secure society based on work," held
May Plan for "RENGO with 10 million members" endorsed
September "RENGO New Energy Strategy" endorsed
December Coalition government of LDP and Komeito formed
2013 April "STOP unequal society! Campaign for a better
living" launched
October Organizational change at HQ: "Designated team for organizing " and "Publicity/Education Division" introduced
2014 Sep.-Dec. Relayed campaign traveling through all prefectures of Japan against deregulation of worker’s protection
2015 April Institute for Solidarity-based Society of Hosei University(ISS-HU) commonly known as “RENGO Graduate School” launched
August Big rally and surround the Diet by chain of 14000 people with the strong voice, “No to current administration”
2016 Apr-May The Kumamoto Earthquake hit; RENGO supported volunteer activities and fund-raising.
August First survey in Japan for "LGBT in workplace"
2017 September "Labour-Management Symposium for Work Style Reforms" was co-hosted by RENGO and major 4 economic organizations
October RENGO held the 15th Biennial Convention