The three-men ILO (International Labour Organization) fact-finding team held its second joint meeting this morning in the Imperial Hotel at Tokyo with Labour Minister Hirchide Ishida and General Council of the Trade Unions of Japan Secretary-General Akira Iawai to hear the opinions of the government and labour on the team's opinion.
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Background: The three-men ILO (International Labour Organization) fact-finding team held its second joint meeting this morning in the Imperial Hotel at Tokyo with Labour Minister Hirchide Ishida and General Council of the Trade Unions of Japan Secretary-General Akira Iawai to hear the opinions of the government and labour on the team's opinion.
The fact-finding team submitted its opinions of ILO Convention 87 and revision of the domestic laws concerned. Although the contents of the opinion have not been made public, it is believed that the team called for early ratification of the ILO convention and stated that if was desirable for the Government, management and labour to hold regular discussions in order to eliminate distrust.
Government and labour have different ideas concerning the regular discussions proposed by the ILO team. The Government is taking the stand that " discussion " do not constitute " negotiations " and that, therefore, it is not necessary to write " Central bargaining " rights for the Japan's teacher's union into the law.
The problems has been discussed last two week after the arrival of ILO missions in Japan to mediate the problem between the government and labour union, however, no understanding was made between the government and labour unions though ILO fact-finding team tried their best to mediate between them and also ILO team travelled various parts of Japan to see and discuss members of local labour unions of the National Railway and teacher's union and others and listen to their opinion and also from Labour Minister Ishida a couple of time.
Although the government would like to accept the mediation plan suggested by ILO team, the General Council of Trade Unions of Japan decided not to accept ILO fact-finding team's mediation plan. This problems has been argued by and between the government and The General Council of Trade Unions last few years and finally the government had to request ILO headquarters in Geneva, Swiss to investigate the fact-finding of the situation. This is the most important labour problem the government has at present and it is hopeless to have amicable conclusion between the government and labour unions though they listen to ILO-team's mediation plan.