Fired? Here's What Some Union Members Did About It

In 2013, two employees of Nippon Steel, who had worked for the company for almost two decades, unexpectedly discovered that their contract with the company would not be renewed as part of "internal restructuring" - "restructuring" that, in reality, was just business jargon for "fire veteran employees and save money by hiring people to do the same job for less salary".


Naturally, no one was fooled by such a transparent attempt to flaunt established labor practices; and so, the General Union was called upon to fight back against such underhanded attempts at cost-cutting.

Initial attempts to negotiate with Nippon Steel resulted in little more than an impasse, with the company refusing to work out a satisfactory compromise. The General Union had no choice but to back up the members who decided to sue the company in order to force a resolution.

In response, Nippon Steel abruptly changed course, stating that the members' unsatisfactory job performance led to the contract non-renewals. The judge would have nothing of it, and has now ordered both parties into mediation.

Court is not always an option for workers facing dismissal, but we hope that this case acts as a warning to employers that members, with their union's backing, will not back down when individuals unjustly lose their jobs.

[September 30th, 2015]

 



If you feel that you have unfairly suffered as part of an "internal restructuring" and want to talk to someone about the circumstances surrounding the dismissal, contact the General Union at:

union(@)generalunion.org


Have you previously been caught up in the storm of "cost-cutting" reductions, or have you seen it happen to other people? Share your experiences on our official Facebook page at:

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