Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A statue of wartime labor drafts unveiled in South Korea

 On Aug. 12, a ceremony to unveil the memorial statue and a cultural festival for peace was held in Incheon to bear in mind those relinquished laborers during Japan’s cruel colonial rule of Korea. Members of “Nore no kai,” a group in support for ‘comfort woman,’ or sexual slavery, attended the festival and sang some songs.
Kim Chungon, the head of the ‘Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Incheon headquarters led the movement to build the monument.
“We had pledged never to forget the agony our predecessors had to go through and how their human rights were devastated as they were forced to work against their will under the Japanese imperialism,” Kim said. “Thereupon today we came to erect a monument of the drafted laborers here. The government of Japan, an offender, has yet to recognize the suppression of human rights and the drafted labor in those days.
“Beginning today, we must come to terms with the remains of the Japanese imperialism in our society, revise the distorted history, reveal the truth about Japanese colonial days so that the history is not repeated.” (OZAWA Kuniko)


ま た兵器工場などの労働に動員された労働者を記憶し平和を願う、徴用労働者像除
幕式&平 和文化祭があり、ノレの会として参加し、歌ってきました。主催者で、徴
ことにな った。加害国日本はいまだ人権蹂躙と強制労働・徴用を認めていない。今

We will never give up!~Action against Mizuno in solidarity with dismissed Indonesian workers

 It's been five years since 1300 women workers at PDK, an Indonesian manufacturer of Mizuno brand sports shoes, were dismissed in July, 2012 for organizing a labor union and going on strike.  On July 12, 2012, 2000 workers went on a 5-day strike demanding better working conditions and reinstatement of the union president who had been unfairly dismissed. 1300 workers were dismissed on July 18 out of which 346 have been continuing their struggle against PDK as members of the PDK union while working for other suppliers of international brands.
 In response to the call from GSBI, the superior body of the PDK union, for solidarity actions with their campaign to mark the fifth anniversary of the struggle, some citizens of  Japan visited the Indonesian Embassy and the main office of Mizuno in Tokyo on July 19 to hand in letters demanding for an early fair solution co-signed by 6 organizations and 32 individuals. At the Mizuno HQs, two managers received the letter outside the office building to whom the PDK union supporters explained recent situations of dismissed workers and the contents of the ILO recommendation of November 2016 that requested the Indonesian government to investigate the case.
 On July 20, Mizuno reiterated their former stance in their reply to the open letter from the Clean Clothes Campaign and stated that they were not in a position to comment on the ILO recommendation. CCC's open letter, dated July 18, questioned the earlier investigation into the case by Mizuno that concluded PDK had not violated the Indonesian labor law.
 (TONO Haruhi, Yokohama Action Research)
Photo: Solidarity action in front of Mizuno HQ 



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