Monday, January 26, 2009
“Firing temp workers is a crime by companies” ? It is time for trade unions to be at the forefront of finger-pointing”
On January 15, 2009, a “Fundamentally Revise the Worker Dispatch Law Now!” meeting was held at the Japan Education Center in central Tokyo and the venue was packed with 400 participants. The place was filled with excitement, following the success of the “Haken (dispatched workers) Village”. Many participants were moved by a story of a “villager”, who said, “I was saved by the Haken Village as I knew it on the day when I was prepared for suicide”. Yuasa Makoto, leader of the village, made the following proposal in the symposium, “The situation will be even worse. What we need to do is to pressure local governments nationwide into building shelters and opening consultation services. Koyano Takeshi, Takeshi Koyano, secretary general of Japan Construction and Trasport Industry Workers Solidarity Union, appealed, “Firing temporary workers before the termination of their contracts is the most serious crime committed by companies in postwar Japan. We, as a trade union, pursue the responsibility of big businesses as our role”. The epoch-making meeting was gathered by Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), Zenroren (National Confederation of Trade Unions) and Zenrokyo trade union confederation across their policy boundaries.