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World Day for Decent Work 2011 in Tokyo
On September 29 Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), Rengo Tokyo, and the Japanese organization of the Global Union Federations held the "World Day for Decent Work 2011 in Tokyo" assembly, followed by a street rally, to urge the realization of humane work and life; 354 people from affiliated organizations participated. The event was implemented in sympathy with the International Trade Union Confederation's call for worldwide action to demand decent work.
Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Rengo President Nobuaki Koga referred to Japan's harsh employment situation, in which nonregular workers account for 38.7% of the total of employed persons, and stated, "In conformity with the values of social bonds, mutual support, and sharing that were reaffirmed after the Great East Japan Earthquake, through the solidarity of all working people let's build a society of hope and peace of mind in which opportunities to work and fair working conditions are guaranteed for everyone."
Next, there was a "relay talk" calling for decent work in which participants delivered reports on actual conditions regarding such issues as fixed-term contract workers and dispatch workers, youth and students, public-contract workers, and district unions. Messenger staff engaged in the delivery of messages by bicycle, who are not recognized as workers, reported about unfair wage cuts and unfair dismissal.
Rengo General Secretary Hiroyuki Nagumo then reported on Rengo's efforts to solve the problem of nonregular workers, which is the first step toward the realization of decent work.
Finally, the assembly adopted an "Appeal for the realization of a society in which everyone can obtain fulfilling and humane work." The assembly was followed by a street rally behind the slogan "We want decent work!"
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