Friday, November 29, 2013

Transfer to force resignation is not valid: Ricoh workers win the lawsuit

Ricoh, an imaging and electronics company, forcibly tried to reduce its workforce by nearly 10,000 in summer 2011. On November 12, 2013, the Tokyo District Court made a decision on the transfer of two Ricoh employees who refused to accept resignation. It was victorious for the workers. Both of them were developers of digital combined machines but were transferred to irrelevant and unskilled positions at a warehouse. The judgment said that the transfer to force resignation is an abuse of the power to shuffle personnel and is not valid. Unfortunately, Ricoh immediately appealed to the High Court, but we really thank for your support to the workers. (SUZUKI Takeshi, Tokyo Managers’ Union)

* Photo: Suzuki, secretary general of the union, after the judgment




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