Friday, March 9, 2012
NUGW Wins Berlitz Lawsuit; Workers’ Rights to Strike Respected
National Union of General Workers, Tokyo Nambu, and its branch, BEGUNTO, on Feb. 27 won a lawsuit demanding compensation for 110 million yen from them for obstructing business with strikes in 2008. Berlitz Japan sued the union and its branch of language teachers for launching strikes with illegal objectives.
The court “did not approve of any lack of justification for strike” and dismissed the company’s claim. The plaintiff’s objective in this lawsuit demanding the union of 110 million yen in compensation lies in intimidating its workers and the union, as well as threatening the union right. However, the court brought the meaningful verdict that strike is a valid right of trade unions.The union asks support from all in conveying to the company of not appealing the verdict. (By NUGW Tokyo Nambu) Photo: Berlitz language teachers strike in 2008 Nambu Website: