20 September, 2021Assistant General Secretary
Kan Matsuzaki was elected Assistant General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at its 3rd Congress on 14-15 September 2021. He was previously ICT, electrical & electronics and shipbuilding-shipbreaking sector director at IndustriALL.
Earlier in his career, in 1998, Matsuzaki joined the Japan Council of Metalworkers’ Unions (JCM), an umbrella organization representing a broad range of unions in Japan’s metal industry such as automobile, steel, shipbuilding, machinery, electrical and electronics. He was responsible for coordinating and instituting industrial policies on strengthening the manufacturing base and securing sustainable jobs. He was given specific tasks to promote international solidarity throughout metalworkers in Southeast Asia.
In August 2010, he joined International Metalworkers’ Federation(IMF) and was responsible for Shipbuilding and Non-Manual workers until the formation of IndustriALL in 2012, when he was appointed director of ICT, Electrical and Electronics and Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking. In the both sectors, he has been active in expanding union networks, promoting sustainable industrial policy and leading organizing projects (for shipbreaking workers in South Asia and ICT EE workers in Southeast Asia), which have been successful in organizing precarious workers.