Working On A National Holiday?

Many of you might not know this, but national holidays are not guaranteed under Japanese Labor Law.

In addition, companies generally aren't required to pay overtime or special premiums to those who work national holidays as part of their regular schedule.

It is up to companies if they grant national holidays or not - or up to unions to win them.

It can be done.


Traditionally, national holidays were given at Osaka YMCA but - slowly - the company was trying to take them away.

A strong union branch stepped in and stopped it, and now they are enshrined in a collective agreement

So, for all of you working today, here's a song for you. 

And to those of you not working, remember to be extra nice to those people who are serving you today. 

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