Declaration of Doro-Chiba 69th Regular Committee
June 30, 2013
On June 30, 2013, we held the 69th Regular Committee Meeting
in the Union Hall. We proudly declare that we have achieved a victorious
result in the Spring Labor Offensive 2013 and that we have adopted a
new policy to enhance our efforts to expand the union organization.
We are determined to concentrate all our energy in organizing through
our struggles to reinstate fired workers, stopping outsourcing and fighting
back against wage cuts.
Our 26-year struggle has completely exposed what the so-called “Reform
of National Railways” really was and what was its intention. It
has been revealed that the discrimintatory dismissal of 1,047 national
railway workers was a state-sponsored unfair labor practice conducted
by the executives of former Japan National Railways and the members
of the JR Establishment Committee, who worked together in a conspiracy
with judicial authorities.
Once this fact is established, it will help prove that the numerous
cases of discriminatory dismissals of workers in various industrial
branches carried out after the way and method of JNR privatization were
all unlawful and unjust attack on labor movement. Now Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto are vehemently intent to start
an offensive of all-out privatization and the firing of 3.6 million
public workers. But such attempt would be broken up if we succeed to
bring to light the outrageous anti-labor nature of this issue, we can
destroy the whole schemes of privatization, outsourcing and casualization.
However, the instant we touched the heart of the issue, the government
resorted to a reactionary measure. The chief judge of Tokyo District
Court 11th Civil Division, Tetsu Shiraishi, who had found an unfair
labor pratice in the discriminatory dismissal of Doro-Chiba members
on June 29, 2012 was suddenly transferred to an insignificant job out
of the Tokyo District Court Building. In the appellate court, the chief
judge Koichi Nanba rejected all our requests for the examination of
witnesses and enforced the termination of the appellate instance without
investigating any fact and law. We are facing a crucial moment now.
We have launched a secound round fight against outsourcing by strikes
in March. Our work places are riddled with contradictions. Illegal acts
are flourishing; works in a form of disguised contract, violations of
the Labor Standards Act, neglects of rail safety and driving regulations,
etc. Even operational managers do not think that the outsourcing is
the right way to do things. But since the Division and Privatization
of JNR, Japanese labor movement as a whole has not been able to stand
against the neoliberal offensive and has been continously stepping backward.
We step forward breaking through this deteriorating situation. We never
stop fighting until we crush the outsourcing scheme and return to JR
workplaces. The most important for us now is to rise up to expand union
organization with utmost effort.
Japan Freight Railway Company is rushing to implement its policy of
full wage reduction. The truth is that the companies cannot pay fair
wages for workers. It indicates the division and privatization of Japan
National Railways have completely failed and gone bankrupt.
Japan Freight Railway Works Union under the leadership of Kakumaru has
become a tool of the companies for wage cuts and is violently shaken
by widespread outrage in workplaces.
They say that we should not let this company bankrupt, and accepted
the summer bonus at 110 percent of the monthly-wage, outrageously low
betraying the workers interest. Let’s rise up for overthrowing
the division and privatization system of JR, uniting with all workers
at all workplaces that struggle against wage cut.
Capitalist system has plunged into a catastrophic collapse under the
global economic crisis. Abe administration has adopted a desperate economic
policy, so-called “Abenomics”, as the last resort of dying
This extraordinary monetary easing policy has been implemented to fill
the market with flood of money. Abe’s “growth strategy”
will result in a full-scale privatization, which means a total destruction
of employment, wages and social security system. And eventually it will
go to the revision of the constitution and war. This is “Abenomics”.
The policy of reducing public workers’ wages by an average 7.8
percent will be spread on all workers.
Furthermore, they are intending introduction of “limited regular
employees”, revision of Worker Dispatch Law, lifting of restriction
of arbitrary dismissal, legalization of unpaid overtime work, dismantling
of social security system, wholesale privatization of public sector,
consumption tax increase, participation in TPP talks, etc. In a word,
they are going to demolish the very base of working people’s subsistence.
For their own survival, the state and capital have been driving policy
of deserting Fukushima people and let them live for themselves, and
is planning to restart nuclear power plants. But these policies are
destined to collapse sooner or later.
Sanrizuka struggle of farmers against Narita Airport reaches a crucial
stage. Japanese government urgently intends to expropriate Mr. Shito’s
Workers’ uprising has begun everywhere in the world. It is important
for workers to unite and struggle together. We will launch organizing
efforts with our utmost energy to revitalize class struggle labor movement.
It is our urgent task to strengthen and expand unity in our workplaces.
Let’s struggle with heart and soul.