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1,300 people meet to start up association supporting IBM-Japan employees' struggle

An association was established on April 21 to support the struggle of the IBM-Japan union affiliated with the All Japan Metal and Information Machinery Workers' Union (JMIU), in two labor disputes concerning corporate restructuring. About 1,300 people attended the inaugural meeting.

IBM, a multinational computer giant, carried out corporate restructuring during the 1990s. In five years in the 1990s, IBM-Japan reduced its workforce by 6,000. Its rigorous achievement-based wage system brought about wage disparities with the biggest difference in wage increase at 1:105. Employees who belong to the bottom 10 percent in personnel assessment have been forced to quit.

At the meeting, Zenroren President Kumagai Kanemichi denounced the IBM strategy as treating workers as disposables. He said, "Let us increase the public awareness in order to stop the outrageous abuses of corporate restructuring."
- Akahata, April 23, 2006

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