STAND UP FOR STRIKE
24 March 2004

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(Union News "Daily DORO CHIBA" No.5851,)(Japanes)

STAND UP FOR STRIKE ON 29 MARCH

We impeach "zero wage up" response by JR-East and JR-Cargo Co.
Smash new wage system!

Doro-Chiba, railway trade union in Japan, had the 5th branch stewards conference on 23 March, made an interim summary of the fight so far (its historic achievement and yet gap to the original aim) and set a line for another strike on 29 March, the 3rd round bout in the Spring Labour Offensive.

Aim of the fight:
(1) Victory to Spring Labour Offensive in 2004! Smash "zero wage up" response! Stop deterioration of wage system!
(2) Let's broaden the achievement of long-term non-cooperation fight on February!

Disposition and instruction:
(JR-Cargo) Station workers go to half-day strike from 12 noon on 29 March
(JR-East) Inspection workers go to half-day strike from 12 noon on 29 March

"OKUDA VISION" AND SUBMISSION BY RENGO

Major companies answered "Zero wage up" to the Labour Offensive except Nissan on 17 March. Most of the bonus is the minimum level. This is a reflection of Okuda-vision instructed by Japan Federation of Economic Organisation in the background of RENGO's (biggest trade union national centre) total prostration to them.
It has also been revealed that Japanese workers' average balance last year was in deficit for the first time after the World War II.
And plenty of reactionary bills are discussed at the present Diet session: National Emergency related 7 bills, deterioration of Labour Standard Law and Pension Act, enactment against "conspiracy crime", corruption of Education Standard Law and jurisdiction itself, and even the Constitution is the target now to destroy...
These are the very reason why we fight for Spring Labour Offensive 2004. It is a choice between two alternatives: whether winning workers' right for work and life, or bowing before capitalists and being sacked and mobilised for war.

BUILD THE BEST FIGHT FORMATION!

Like the other major companies, JR Companies insisted "Zero wage up", JR-East Co. which has "the biggest profit after the privatisation" dictated "Zero up" on 18 March. JR-East Union accepted the "zero" the same day and pledged their complete obedience to the boss.
Doro-Chiba and Doro-Sorengo, on 19 March, demanded another answer. No to zero! Yes to wage up! is the voice of workers. But JR-East Co. refused to answer on 23 March, and has insisted zero answer. JR-Cargo, even though expecting profit of 2 billion yen, is trying to insist "zero" answer and new wage system.
Our decision for the 3rd round fight on 29 March was done amid these situation.

Victory to Spring Offensive!
Smash "Zero" Answer!
Stop new personal transfer and wage system!
Smash the traitor JR-East Union's scabbing and sectarian agreement!
Recruit new members and enrich the union power!
Accomplish strike on 29 March!

DORO-CHIBA (DC): National Railway Motive Power Union of CHIBA
Email: doro-chiba@doro-chiba.org
Web: http://www.doro-chiba.org/

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