Handbill from the Kokuro Dismissed Workers Group
This handbill was distributed by the Kokuro Dismissed Workers Group against the Four Party Agreement in front of the Ministry of Transport in August. )
ANOTHER UNFAIR ACT WAGED BY THE STATE AGAINST LABOR
WE DISMISS eFOUR-PARTY AGREEMENTf!
On May 30, 2000, the three ruling parties ( the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the Conservative Party ) as well as the Social-Democratic Party reached an accord eOn Breakthrough of the Employment Rejection Issue by privatized Japan Railway Corporationsf.
The eFour-Party Agreementf features ethe Kokuro should admit the new private railway companies are exempt from any legal responsibilitiesf and that ethe agreement should be officially approved in the Kokurofs national congress ( extraordinary ). It imposes the procedure as a major prerequisite. It also demands the Kokuro to abandon the struggle to demand the parties responsibilities for the unfair labor conducts by presenting several terms and conditions; it will seek for a settlement over the dispute in the framework of three fields, eemploymentf, edismissal of litigationf and ereconciliation moneyf. The accord represents another unfair act
waged by the state against the labor.
DEEP COMMITMENTS MADE BY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
It is evident that the Ministry of Transport has committed profoundly in concluding the Four-Party Agreement as you see the following facts.
On the following day of the judicial decision by the Tokyo District Court ( May 29, 1998 ) then-Minister of Transport Fujii had commented in the press conference that the Kokuro should not enter appeal as a condition to settle the controversy through negotiation.
In the statement compiled by the Ministry of Transport eOn Initiation of Negotiation Talks between the Kokuro Workersf Union and the privatized Japan Railway Corporationsf ( June 15, 1999 ) the ministry had demanded the Kokuro to totally surrender by imposing conditions; ethe Kokuro admit the new JR firms do not owe legal responsibilityf, fthe Kokuro dismiss litigation, at least those relevant to the reform of the former Japan National Railway Corporation, at the proper time, coordinating with a negotiation process between the parties concernedf and enegotiating partners with whom the JR management will discuss be the Kokurofs area headquartersf. These contents are fully incorporated in the Four-Party Agreement concluded this year.
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND JAPAN RAILWAY CORPORATIONS ASSUME
International Labor Organization advised the government of Japan on November 18, 1999; ethe Organization requests the government to urge the JR firms and the trade union concerned to negotiate to bring about fair compensation for the relevant workers and reach an earliest settlement over the dispute to their satisfaction.
The Ministry of Transport, however, has concealed itself behind a political consultation process, ignoring the ILO advice; not only it has evaded any responsibilities, but also it has imposed controversial Four-Party Agreement against the Kokuro union. The ministryfs conduct can never be accepted.
We, the Tosodan of Kokuro, are determined to fight until a final victory of gCancellation of Dismissal and Restitution of Workers to Local Job Sites of JR firmsf, demanding their responsibilities for unfair labor acts of the JR and the government inflicted on ourselves.
We here appeal you to understand the issue, asking you for kind cooperation and support.
THE TOSODAN STATIONED IN TOKYO TO DEMAND CANCELLATION OF FOUR-PARTY
DECLEARATION, eJR FIRMS ARE EXEMPT FROM LEGAL RESPOSIBILITIESf