Lome: Seminar on productivity and productivity-based bargaining for workers

The Bureau for Workers' Activities, together with the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO) held a seminar in Lomé, Togo, on 21-25 November 2011.

Press release | 25 November 2011

Lome, 23 November 2011 (ACTRAV INFO) – The Bureau for Workers' Activities, together with the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO) held a seminar in Lomé, Togo, on 21-25 November 2011. The aim was to strengthen the capacity of workers' trade union organizations to negotiate fair deals on productivity gains.

The seminar brought together a number of West African trade union organizations as well as unions from Indian Ocean countries, notably Madagascar, the Comoros and Mauritius.

“Workers long shied away from the productivity issue because, in their view, only the employers benefited from it,” explains Rawane Mbaye Desk Officer for Africa at the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV). “Thanks to this seminar, workers have become more receptive to the productivity message, learning from the example of Japan, which has a great deal of experience of bargaining on productivity gains. The Japanese example is a real-life experience of social dialogue between employers and workers.”

The seminar participants exchanged experiences of different types of productivity bargaining and the difficulties encountered by workers when engaged in collective bargaining on productivity.

“The participants thanked ACTRAV for the presentations and the success of the seminar,” Rawane Mbaye adds. “They adopted a road map that emphasizes the experience gained in negotiating on productivity gains. We in ACTRAV encourage workers to get more involved in the social dialogue processes in their respective countries and their sub regions. Our colleagues in the field are going to follow up on the conclusions reached during this seminar.”

ACTRAV and JTUC-RENGO plan to organize a similar activity for Southern Africa in 2012.

For more information, contact:

Rawane MBAYE
Specialist in workers’activities(ACTRAV)
Desk Officer for Africa
Tel : +41 22 799 7616
Email : mbaye[at]ilo[dot]org