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Japanese Workers Include
UE Members' Struggle


Taking up a UE Struggle in Japan ...
Demanding corporate responsibility around the world ...

Workers’ struggles in Japan and the United States coincided on June 29 at the Kobe annual shareholders’ meting at the Kobe International Conference Center in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

UE’s blue flags were hoisted despite a downpour and UE letters were distributed to shareholders, as Japanese union members who have their own fight with the multinational corporation took up the cause of UE Local 758. Employed by Kobe’s Glastic subsidiary, these Jefferson, Ohio UE members are pressing the company to settle a first contract.

Some 20 workers who have faced discrimination in wages and promotion because of their work for better conditions at Kobe facilities wore colorful UE-made posters demanding that Kobe stop its abuse of workers’ rights. Speakers, including Zenroren leaders Kazuo Fujita and Masuo Kato, called on shareholders to press management to immediately begin negotiating with UE representatives and to take steps to settle all outstanding disputes — to show corporate responsibility both within and outside Japan.

UE News - 07/99

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