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2014 July 9 - 15 [LABOR]

Court shuts its eyes to Shiseido’s unjust dismissal of temps

July 11, 2014
The Yokohama District Court on July 10 issued a ruling in favor of Shiseido’s unjust dismissal of female temporary workers.

The lawsuit was filed by seven former temporary workers against the world’s well-known cosmetics maker, demanding retraction of their unilateral dismissals.

The seven workers were dispatched from the temporary staffing company, Anfini Corporation, to Shiseido’s factory in Kanagawa’s Kamakura City producing cosmetics. The company abruptly fired 22 workers, including the seven plaintiffs, on the ground that the cosmetics brand decreased production.

The court ruling acknowledged the employer-employee relations between the plaintiffs and Anfini and ordered it to pay them wages until the court decision is finalized. The ruling, however, dismissed all demands that the laid-off workers made to Shiseido.

At a rally held after the ruling, representing the plaintiffs’ group and the Anfini branch of the National Union of General Workers affiliated with the National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren), Ikeda Kazuyo welcomed the court acknowledgement of the employment relations. She, however, expressed her determination to continue the court struggle, saying, “It is unacceptable that the court shut its eyes to the fact that Shiseido unilaterally terminated us.”

Past related articles:
> Shiseido’s ‘ugly’ dismissal of temporary workers [January 8, 2013]
> 7 female temporary workers fight against Shiseido’s dismissal [December 11, 2009 ]
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