Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Female workers protest against abuse of power – “Feel encouraged”

Seven female office clerks who were yelled or suffered from sexually-abusive verbal harassment formed a trade union in May this year and joined the National Union of General Workers Tokyo Tobu. They work for the “New Tokyo Branch, Greater Tokyo Privately-Owned Taxi Cooperative Society”, which handles clerical work for 440 individually-owned taxi drivers in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. Both of branch director MORI and assistant branch director MIYAGUCHI denied sexual harassment or abuse of power without showing any remorse and continued to intimidate the union members. Finally, the union decided to go on strike on September 5, when there was a “special seminar” at a local community center for all the individually-owned tax drivers in the district. The strike there was a great opportunity for making the union members’ voice heard. However, this was the first strike for all of them, and NAKAMURA Mio, the union leader, said, “I had a stomachache, was unable to sleep, and was very nervous”. All the other union members were obviously nervous and tense. (M) 
video (11 minutes)

パワハラにはストライキ!~女性たち決起 「強くなれた気がする」


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