Sunday, April 9, 2017

‘I cannot forgive that as a human being’~protest to demand reinstatement of workers at Sanken Electric Co, South Korea

Even in the cold rain of March, roughly 200 people gathered at a park in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture, near Sanken Electric Co headquarters. They were to launch a regular protest to demand reinstatement of the South Korean workers who were dismissed from the company’s production department last September. It’s been 160 days since the three union representatives came to Japan, where their company’s headquarters is based, to demand reinstatement.
 Many Japanese unions and local residents also joined the March 26 protest in the struggles of their Korean counterparts. “People in the community know the struggles of the Sanken workers who appeal to them at Shiki Station every day. While we have gained more supports, we also hear people say that we should stand with Japanese workers rather than Koreans. When I hear people say this to me, I always tell them, ‘I want to say that I am a human being before I am Japanese,’” a local resident who’s supported the struggles spoke at the rally.
 The protesters chanted slogans to demand withdrawal of restructuring and reinstatement of the 34 workers before they set out for a demonstration around Shiki Station. (By ARIMORI Akane) 



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