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Excel Branch launches wage, job security, and union rights campaign

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After finally settling a four year dispute regarding cut wages and employment rights the General Union Matsushita Branch mem-bers, submitted new demands to their employer on 11 November.
The branch’s goal for 2007 is to make up for a lack of pay increases in recent years. To this end the union has demanded a 10% in-crease in hourly wages.
Another branch goal is to further stabilize union members’ employ-ment by both preventing the em-ployer from doing unnecessary hiring and allowing union mem-bers to work until 65 years of age (the current retirement age is 60).
Branch members, after winning major improvements to working conditions over the past four years for all teachers, union and non-union, made demands for a union shop agreement with Mat-sushita. If won, this would guar-antee that all employees not only share in the benefits of union ne-gotiations but also in the responsi-bilities of union membership.
The union expects a written an-swer to the demands during the week of 11 December after which union members will examine the company’s position and develop their bargaining strategy before negotiations start in January.
Watch for more groundbreaking news from this branch in the fu-ture!