Japan Press Weekly
[Advanced search]
Past issues
Special issues
Fact Box
Feature Articles
Mail to editor
Mail magazine
Blog [Japanese]
HOME  > Past issues  > 2017 December 13 - 19  > Tokyo University union succeeds in opening door for contingent workers to enter into open-ended contracts
> List of Past issues
Bookmark and Share
2017 December 13 - 19 TOP3 [LABOR]

Tokyo University union succeeds in opening door for contingent workers to enter into open-ended contracts

December 14, 2017
Union efforts recently succeeded in opening the door of open-ended employment contracts to 8,000 contingent workers at Tokyo University.

The University of Tokyo, evidently with the aim of evading requirements under the Labor Contract Law, planned to set a 5-year upper limit for the employment period of non-regular workers. The University of Tokyo Faculty and Staff Union and the Union of University Part-Time Lecturers in the Tokyo Area, in order to oppose this plan, waged struggles and held collective bargaining sessions with the university administration.

The Japanese Communist Party in the Diet took up not only the Tokyo University plan but also other national universities’ schemes to bypass the legal obligation to offer indefinite contracts to fixed-term employees with more than five years of service.

JCP member of the House of Representatives Hatano Kimie on December 1 at a House Education Committee meeting grilled the Education Ministry spokesperson regarding this issue. JCP lawmakers, Miyamoto Toru and Kira Yoshiko, conducted hearings with unions, including the Tokyo University union.

The University of Tokyo on December 12 announced its decision to withdraw the plan. With this decision, among the approximately 8,000 non-regular staff members, those who worked at the university for more than five years will be able to gain permanent employment.

Past related articles:
> Network set up to block dismissal of contingent workers at Tohoku University [November 30, 2017]
> Using legal loophole, Tokyo Univ. will stop hiring part-time staff working for more than 5 years [August 24, 2017]
> List of Past issues
  Copyright (c) Japan Press Service Co., Ltd. All right reserved