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Issue #1512      3 August 2011

ITF protest over job cuts at Japan airline

The International Transport Federation (ITF) is calling for intervention by the Japanese government to reinstate workers at Japan Airlines (JAL) who have been dismissed.

ITF civil aviation secretary Gabriel Mocho, ITF inland transport section secretary Mac Urata, and Rhys McCarthy from the UK ITF-affiliated union Unite visited the Japanese embassy in London to hand over a resolution. It was passed by ITF affiliates attending a meeting from June 21-22 in Madrid and demands that the Japanese government intervene urgently to withdraw the dismissals and secure negotiations “on an agreed basis” to complete the workforce reduction. The unionists also want to see the company abide by national and international law.

A series of voluntary schemes have already fully achieved the company’s workforce reduction target; nevertheless the company decided unilaterally that compulsory dismissals were necessary to secure a further 81 flight crew and 84 cabin crew job reductions by December 31 this year. Members of the ITF-affiliated unions Japan Airlines Cabin Crew Union and Koku Rengo as well as workers represented by the Japan Airlines Flight Crew Union are set to be affected by the job cuts.

Gabriel Mocho commented: “Despite having met the set personnel reduction targets JAL has gone on to impose swingeing compulsory redundancies – ignoring efforts by unions to discuss ways to reduce labour costs. The ITF and its member unions are supporting our colleagues in Japan who are taking the company to court and to the International Labour Organisation over this matter.”  

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