Tuesday, December 27, 2016

‘Malugo should withdraw unfair dismissal!’ ~Workers strike against sudden business closure, dismissal〜

Workers of Malugo Ltd, which sells model guns and other imported goods in   Ameyoko district of Ueno, Tokyo, went on strike on Dec. 13 in demand for reinstatement. They are members of the Malugo branch of the National Union of General Workers, Tokyo Tobu. Malugo President KANEKO summoned the employees on Dec. 12, and together with his lawyer, suddenly announced the store closure and their dismissal.  “I’ll pay you one-month allowance required by law on sudden dismissal,” he said. “but you must leave today with all your belongings.” The workers organized themselves and formed a labor union four years ago, but the company had never consulted with the union about the store closure till that day. It was a bolt out of the blue to the workers.  It is unjust to dismiss workers, some of whom had contributed to the company more than 30 years, as if they were totally insignificant. (By  SUDA Mitsuteru,  NUGW Tokyo Tobu) *Photo = Malugo workers on strike (Dec. 13)

  動画(7分) *写真=ストライキ決行中のマルゴー(1213日)

Angry workers sit in at Tokyo District Court demanding an end to discrimination against non-regular employees

Angry workers wearing “Hats of burning anger” with a massage, “Flower (or dignity) to non-regular employees!” appeared for the first time in front of the Tokyo District Court on Dec. 12. They represented the voices of casual workers’ fury of not receiving any severance pay nor even a bouquet of flowers upon retirement. The lawsuit, where four non-regular women workers of “Metro Commerce” (Tokyo Metro Kiosk) called on the company to treat them equally as the regular employees under Article 20 of Labor Contract Act, is now at a final stage. They launched a sit-in strike on Dec. 12 to last through Dec. 15. “You can see it most clearly how we are discriminated against when it comes to bonuses,” the Metro Commerce union president USHIRO Ryoko said. “We, contract employees B (non-regular), receive only a 100,000 yen as bonus, whereas a regular employee receives over 600,000 yen. It is unfair that such a big difference exists when we do the same work. We’ve had enough; it’s time that we rose up to fight a legal battle.” But the outlook for the lawsuit seems hardly hopeful. On the same day, a number of members of the Postal Industry Workers Union (PIWU) fighting against the same issue came to support them. A non-regular university lecturer also took the microphone to say that the bonus discrepancy between regular and non-regular workers is six fold. Fury over prevalent discrimination against non-regular workers spread across the society from the sit-in protest at Tokyo District Court. (By M)