Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What’s going on in JR East? – Labor-management dispute

 Dispute between the management and the majority union, East Japan Railway Workers Union, in East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is intensifying. As far as I see this dispute as a retired minority union (Kokuro: National Railworkers Union) member, the direct cause of the problem is that the management refused a request by the majority union to implement the same pay-scale increase to all the employees in the fiscal year 2018. The management strongly opposed the strike by the union and displayed the following notice in all the offices – “It is impossible to accept the union’s demand. Your understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated”. This dispute led to a turmoil in the majority union. Managers work hard to withdraw union members from the union, and some locals that opposed the strike are trying to split from the union. (KUGE Itaru)



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