「年収100万になっても仕方ない」―ユニクロ社長 この流れを止めよう! メーデーを復活させよう!

5・1JR貨物本社抗議行動へ!

メーデー行動へ総決起を!

貨物会社は、経営自立計画において、2018年度には100億以上の経常利益を確保して上場をめざすとしている。しかし、貨物・三島会社は分割・民営化から25年も経つにも係わらず、上場などほど遠い経営状況だ。まさに分割・民営化の失敗・破綻だ。

分割・民営化の破綻を責任転嫁
 貨物会社は、発足当時約1万2千人でスタートし、現在約半数の6千人強に半減している。人件費が半減しているにも係わらず鉄道部門では赤字が続き、関連事業の黒字で埋め合わせをすることでなんとかやってきた。しかし、今後の関連事業は開発可能用地が激減し、車両・設備の老朽化がいっそう進むなか破綻をきたす。
分割・民営化の破綻を労働者に責任転嫁し、賃金の抑制を行うことなど絶対に許せない。
貨物会社は、「2013年度事業計画」において、2012年度では経常利益5億円だったものを「思い切った人件費抑制で34億円の経常利益をめざす」としている。
今まで10数年連続でベアゼロや超低額のボーナスで賃金を抑制し続けた挙げ句の果てに今度は賃金カットを強行しようとしている。

 全労働者への賃下げ攻撃
 いま起きようとしていることは、労働者への歴史的な攻撃だ。国鉄・分割民営化を何十倍もするような攻撃といっても過言ではない。
自治労など公共部門で働く労働者の賃金が一斉に7・8%カットされようとしている。敵の戦略は、公務員労働者をたたくことによって終身雇用制、年功制賃金を解体し、全労働者の賃金を押し下げることだ。そして労働者の権利破壊、労働組合破壊に突進しようとしている。

 市丸ごと民営化―大阪市
 橋下市長の大阪市では、先頃、市の交通局―市営地下鉄・バスの民営化が打ち出されたが、すでにごみ収集事業の民営化が14年度から、さらに水道、市立病院、市立幼稚園・保育所、市立大学など公共部門の民営化が次々と打ち出され、全公務員労働者が解雇―再雇用の攻撃にさらされている。まさに国鉄分割・民営化以上の大攻撃だ。

 「年収100万になっても仕方ない」―ユニクロ社長
 また、大企業も「追い出し部屋」をつくったり、偽装請負や非正規職化に余念がない。
離職率が半数近くにのぼる「ブラック企業」として悪名高いユニクロでは、「世界同一賃金」を打ち出し、「将来は年収1億円か100万円に分かれて、中間層が減っていく。仕事を通じて付加価値がつけられないと、低賃金で働く途上国の人の賃金にフラット化(平準化)するので、年収100万円になっていくのは仕方ない」(フアーストリテイティング社長・柳井)。インタビューした記者が「そういう人が退職したり、うつ病になったりすると」と問うと、「そういうことだと思う」とあっさり肯定する(4月23日付朝日新聞)。

徹底的に低賃金で労働者から搾り上げ、使い捨てにし、それを恬として恥じない資本家や政治家ども、こうした流れのお先棒をJR貨物は担ごうとしている。この流れを止めよう! メーデーを復活させよう!
5・1貨物抗議行動に総結集しよう!

賃金削減絶対反対!
国鉄分割・民営化のツケを労働者に転嫁するな!
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Doro-Mito Wins a Victory! Operation of the Contaminated Train Stopped

Doro-Mito Wins a Victory!

Operation of the Contaminated Train Stopped

April 22, 2013
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba

http://www.doro-chiba.org/english/dc_en13/Doro-ChibaQR_052.pdf

JR East Company Evades Its Responsibility for Safety, Shamelessly Ignoring Internal Radiation Exposure
Which is more important, the lives of workers or a train?

On March 25, the rail workers of Doro-Mito, sister union of Doro-Chiba, waged strike at Katsuta Car Center (an inspection & repair work) against JR East Company’s attempt to operate K544, the very radioactive train that had been blocked from inspection and repair work by the union’s persistent strikes, job actions and organizing efforts (see our Report ##34, 41 and 45).

In October 2011, JR East Company brought in Katsuta Car Center K544, which had been left standing for half a year since March 11 for half a year at Hirono Station adjacent to the 20km Zone of Fukushima Daiichi. But inspection and repair of the radioactive train was crushed by the strikes of Doro-Mito and the protests of the community. The train was thus abandoned until recently.

On March 14 the JR East Company sud­denly notified Doro-Mito the start of inspec­tion works to operate K544 as a usual passenger train. Soon after that, on March 18, it carried out forcibly a “radiation measurement,” and then on March 25, moved the train to the inspection yard. The workers of Mitsubishi, a manufacturer of rail cars, were brought in to replace the cooling system of main transformer, which registered a year before the high radiation of 0.9 μSv/h.

Internal exposure is much more serious than external exposure

Until two years ago, before the accident of the March 11, Japanese standard of radiation exposure rate was strictly kept to 1 mSv/y for ordinary citizens. But the government quite arbitrarily decided to change the prescribed standard level of radiation: “Up to 100 mSv/y is acceptable for the workers of nuclear plants” or “20 mSv/y is all right for the children in Fukushima”. 20 mSv/y is equivalent to go through X-ray examination for 400 times! The damaged nuclear reactors of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are releasing radioactive elements into the air and water around the plant.

Cesium 137 is an extremely dangerous radioactive material. Taken into the bodyCs-137 gets absorbed in muscle tissue and acts as an internal radiation source and causes various diseases including cancer.

During the collective bargaining with Doro-Mito, the company admitted that the radioactive elements had been found in the train, but they say there is no problem because the air dose rate is under the government’s prescribed standard level of radiation. When the workers are forced to be engaged in inspection work in the contaminated train, they will surely inbreathe particles and dusts. A lot of radioactive elements inevitably get into their body. When the work is carried out indoors, the whole working place will be contaminated by scattered radioactive elements.

The health damages from low dose internal exposure do not appear immediately but usually only after five to ten years. In the case of Fukushima unfortunately, several thyroid cancer are already found among children. Thus Japanese workers and their families are now suffering from irreparable health damages. We must no longer tolerate such situation caused by the Japanese government and capitals.

If we do not stand firm against the company’s irresponsible attitude toward lives and health of workers, every countermeasure against radiation will be nibbled away bit by bit. The government and the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) refuse to take responsibility for the nuclear catastrophe, and the JR Company promotes a “radiation is safe” propaganda campaign in accordance with them. In order to save lives and protect safety of workers, Doro-Mito continues to fight against the JR Company who forces workers to be exposed to radiation.

Doro-Mito’s Strike Shakes the Whole Workplace

Massive revolt of young workers against their own “labor union” brass

In front of Katsuta Car Center, Shinichi Tsujikawa, vice-president of Doro-Mito, called to the fellow workers, engaged in inspection work: “The effect of internal exposure will appear only after five to ten years. It’d be too late then to regret. The JR Company doesn’t at all care about the safety of both workers and passengers. The same holds true for the outsourcing plans the company is now pushing ahead. There would be no trouble in transport business without running the contaminated train but the company says that it is necessary for the ’efficient operation of properties’. I ask the company which is more important for you, the lives of workers or a train? We’ll never accept it!”

Despite the company’s very sudden move to operate “the hot train” and Doro-Mito’s strike with extremely short notice, younger workers in Katsuta Car Centers who belong to JR Soren, a yellow union, openly defied their bosses’ orders: train drivers refused to drive K544 from the garage to the inspection and repair yard and also yard traffic controllers did not go to the spot. This was a groundbreaking revolt of rank and file members of JR Soren not only against the management but also against their own union brass who had been notorious for their extremely violent and strict control of their members. An avalanche of younger workers’ walkout from JR Soren and joining Doro-Mito is nearing. The power relationship in the work place is changing dramatically.

Scared with this massive revolt, the JR Company was obliged to put K544 back deep inside of the train garage. Since then the hot train has been left untouched.

Workers united in a labor union can surely defend themselves

Stop outsourcing! Abolish casual job system!

The JR East Company’s attitude of neglecting the health damages of radiation exposure in the issue of contaminated train has an irresponsible character in common with its current policy of outsourcing and forced transfer in that the company evades its responsibility for whatever happens as a result of its policy to the life of workers and the safety of all passengers. It’s really a crime!

The management of Mito Train Service (MTS: a subcontractor of JR Company) says, “JR Company says no need to worry, so there is no problem”. And JR Company says, “We are OK as long as the government confirms us the security”. The government and the TEPCO who are responsible to the nuclear power plant catastrophe do not take any responsibility. Those who are hard hit are always workers. In the name of “Reconstruction”, the government and the company re-opened the railway track to Hirono Station, which is still highly contaminated by fallout from Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, declaring that the nuclear accident was completely put under control.

The issue is relating not only to the workers engaged in repair and inspection at Katsuta Car Center but also to the train crews, station workers and janitors. It also concerns to the inspection workers engaged in overall check of the whole train at Koriyama Comprehensive Car Center (located in the central part of Fukushima Prefecture). All workers should raise voices and stage strikes. This is the only way to affect the future of all workers. It is an urgent task of labor unions to save lives and protect safety of workers. Doro-Mito is determined to continue to fight uncompromisingly against the radiation exposure.

Workers united in labor union can fight back and defend themselves!

This will pave the way for workers to their bright future.

 

 

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