Panasonic Excel teachers demand job security and pay increases

General Union members working at Panasonic Excel have submitted new demands for collective bargaining and hope to begin negotiations in July. Teachers joined the union in 2002 when they had unilaterally been moved from one employer to another inside the then Matsushita group and suffering a massive pay cut.

The new union branch was able to win back some of the cut wages for a short period but we have never been able to win back the cuts have never been beat and a wage freeze has been in place since. The union was able to win certain right for teachers like recognition of employment status, paid holidays, and social insurance (for some).

Members now feel that the time is right to demand a wage increase of ¥100 per hour. They will add demands for job security to make sure that class assignments are negotiated with the union and for more freedom in their use of paid holidays.

Members are determined to win some improvements to their lives.


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