Sunday, January 7, 2018

Protest at Uniqlo flagship shop in Tokyo

On Dec. 17 2017, about 15 workers and citizens demonstrated in front of the Uniqlo Ginza shop in a high-end shopping district of Tokyo, holding a banner that says Uniqlo, please fulfill your social responsibilities to the workers at your supplier in Japanese and English together with the coordinator of Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia coalition (CCCEA), SO Sheung, visiting from Hong Kong.

 Jaba Garmindo of Indonesia was producing knit clothes at two factories for several international brands including Uniqlo. The factories were closed in Apr.2015 after Uniqlo terminated the contract with the supplier in Oct. 2014. 4000 workers, 80 percent of whom are women, have not received wages for several months prior to the closure of the factories and severance payments. Demonstrators also held up photos of these workers.

 Ms. So sent a request for a meeting to the department of Uniqlo responsible for sustainability before coming to Japan, but it did not materialize. As the protesters made appeals in English, Chinese and Japanese, shoppers walking on the vehicle-free Central Ginza St. looked into the banner curiously and some came over to get the fliers explaining the details of the labor dispute. (IW)




Libelous article by the Weekly Bunshun aims to discredit militant union

Since December 2016, workers at MK Transport Co. in Yamatokoriyama City in Nara Prefecture have been on strike. The strike is organized by the MK Transport Division of the Zennikken Solidarity Union. Drivers are demanding the reduction of the long working hours of 300 hours per month and the resolution of the case of the union division leader, who was assaulted a year ago. Support for the strike has spread in the community and local residents have delivered a petition to the police for the quick arrest of the perpetrator.
 On December 27th, a major magazine “Weekly Bushun” ran a libelous article about the strike in its new year edition. The article does not convey the facts and significance of the labor struggle, but only gives a one-sided account of the events, depicting one supervisor as a victim of a “gangster-like verbal attack from the union members”. This article is fake news intended to discredit the Zennikken Solidarity Union. The Union immediately responded with a protest letter to the Weekly Bushun. (Zennikken Solidarity Union)  
Photo: Social Democratic Party Diet member's fact finding visit at MK Transport