Asia-Pacific trade unions hold discussion in Tokyo

Labour News Network, 30 October 2004

Trade union representatives from 8 countries of Asia and Pacific region and two international trade union organizations Asia-Pacific trade unions hold discussion in Tokyo

Trade union representatives from 8 countries of Asia and Pacific region and two international trade union organizations exchanged accounts of their activities and views in Tokyo on 26 July 2004 at an International Trade Union Conference sponsored by the National Confederation of Trade Unions (ZENROREN) Japan on the eve of its 21st Regular Convention.

ZENROREN President Kanemichi Kumagai made welcome address and Secretary-General Mitsuo Bannai put forward points for discussion.

ZENROREN leaders and 15 union representatives from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam discussed common concerns, including globalisation, increasing non-regular workers, and efforts to organize unorganised workers.

Participants spoke about increasing economic globalisation, the international transfer of goods, money, and personnel, privatisations in the interests of multinational corporations, and deregulations, that are making employment more unstable and worsening working conditions in their countries.

International participants also criticized the U.S.-led Iraq war and expressed support for Japanese workers' struggle against an adverse revision of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution.

Foreign Participants and points for discussion proposed by ZENROREN Secretary General Mitsuo Bannai are as follows:

Mr. David Noonan, National Assistant Secretary, Construction, Forestry, Mining, Energy Union (CFMEU)
Mr. ZHANG Jian-guo, Director, Collective Agreement Department, All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU); Mr. WANG Mingran, Chief, the Japanese Division, International Liaison Department, ACFTU
Mr. Shyamal Chakraborty, National Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)
Mr. Rekson Silaban, President, K-SBSI
Mr. Kang, Ik-Ku, Director of Planning Department, Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) Mr. Lee, Changgeun, International Secretary, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)
Mr. Prizada Syed Ali, Secretary General, All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions; Mr. Ejaz Hussein, Vice President, APFUTU; Mr. Mazhar Iqbal Danish, Deputy Education Secretary, APFUTU
Mr. Josua Mata, Secretary General, Alliance of Progressive Labour (APL)
Mr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Vice President, Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL); Mr. Vo Van Nhat, Deputy Director, Department of International Relations, VGCL
World Confederation of Labour
Ms. Necie M. Lucero, Vice President, World Confederation of Labour (WCL), and Secretary General, the Brotherhood of Asian Trade Unionists (BATU)
World Federation of Trade Unions
Mr. H. Mahadevan, Deputy Secretary General, World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), Chief, WFTU Asia Pacific Regional Office, Deputy Secretary General, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)

Points for discussion

A. What issues face Asian workers and why their common ground is expanding?

B. New development of the situation, present conditions of worker’s struggles and their tasks

C. For strengthened solidarity and cooperation of Asian workers