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2024 January 10 - 16 [LABOR]

Yamato part-timers keep their jobs by joining labor union

January 11, 2024

Akahata on January 11 reported that Japan’s largest delivery company, Yamato Transport Co., even after withdrawing its plan to dismiss part-time workers doing direct mail-sorting work, forces these workers to reluctantly resign through various means including giving distant transfer orders.

This was revealed in consultations provided by a light freight union affiliated with the All Japan Construction, Transport and General Workers' Union (Kenkoro). Part-time workers talked about their experiences: “I was told by my boss that there is no job that fits me,” and “I was asked to accept a relocation to another workplace as far as 50 kilometers away from my home.”

Yamato planned to dismiss part-time mail sorters at the end of January 2024 based on an agreement with Japan Post in June 2023 to transfer Yamato’s direct mailing service to Japan Post.

The Kenkoro-affiliated light freight union head, Takahashi Hideharu, referred to the fact that part-timers who joined his union succeeded in protecting their employment.

Part-time workers at the company’s logistics terminal in Ibaraki Prefecture in October last year participated in the union in order to push the company to withdraw its dismissal plan. In a collective bargaining session, they won a company decision to withdraw its layoff plan and make reassignment offers acceptable to union members. In addition to Ibaraki, in Yamaguchi and Aichi prefectures, unionized part-time workers obtained a desired result through union negotiations with the company.

Takahashi said to Yamato part-time workers, “Come and join us for job protection!”

Past related article:
> Union wins withdrawal of layoffs of Yamato Transport part-timers [October 28, 2023]
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