Stop all your shameless anti-labor activities: Japanese Unions tell Suzuki

Mr. SUZUKI Osamu,
Chairman and President of Suzuki Motor Corporation

On behalf of National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba (Doro-Chiba) and National Coordinating Center of Labor Unions (NCCLU), we send you a letter of protest and request.

First of all, we demand you stop immediately all outrageous and anti-labor actions, such as dismissal, job suspension, lock-out and others, which Maruti Suzuki, your subsidiary, is practicing under your direction against numerous workers whom you employed.

We are informed that your company has made “a remarkable development” as to hold a half of the car market shares in India. Further it is recently reported that you are now planning to construct a new factory to increase your domination over car production and market.

We’d like to ask you who do you think have contributed to all of your recent achievement. Was it possible for you without those workers who have devoted their toil and sweat to the car production even under low wage, long working hours, scarce time to rest and only few holidays?

It is universally established and recognized right for workers to organize their own labor union. Serious and enthusiastic international attention and solidarity of working class is now focused upon Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) workers who have risen up for an independent labor union to bring a change to the worst working condition at the forefront of 2 million workers of Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt.

You must know that workers of the whole world including Japanese workers of course are terribly furious at the outrageous repression of your company on the workers of MSEU, shameless revenge on workers’ protest: numerous dismissals, job suspension, lock-out since the end of August, forceful demand of signing a “good conduct bond” (an attempt of depriving workers of all right of resistance) and replacement of those dissident workers who refused to sign with scabs, or strike breakers, etc.

We strongly urge you to stop all these shameless anti-labor activities and to accept the following demands of MSEU workers:
1) Put an end to lock-out immediately and stop to force workers to sign a “good conduct bond”!
2) Reinstate all dismissed workers and punished workers!
3) Drop all accusation against MSEU workers!
4) Recognize labor rights of irregularly-employed workers and make them all regular employment!
5) Recognize the right of workers to organize themselves in labor union!
6) We heatedly condemn the outrageous arrestment carried out against President, General Secretary and another worker on Sep. 18.
Set these arrested union leaders at liberty, immediately!

Your written answer to these demand are expected to be sent to the following address:
DC Kaikan Bldg. 3F, 2-8 Kaname-cho Chuou-ku, Chiba city, Chiba prefecture 260-0017, Japan”

September 22, 2011

National Railway Motive Power Union of Chiba
National Coordinating Center of Labor Unions

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