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2018 January 24 - 30 [LABOR]

JCP lawmakers to gov't: Don't allow employers to circumvent labor law

January 25, 2018
The Japanese Communist Party Dietmembers' group on January 24 made representations to the government, demanding that actions be taken to have every employer abide by a stipulation in the revised Labor Contracts Act.

According to the revised law, from this coming April, all business proprietors will have to offer open-ended employment contracts to fixed-term contract workers with five years of service.

Ahead of the full enforcement of this obligation, JCP lawmakers directly pressed State Minister of Labor Makihara Hideki to urgently inform all eligible workers of their right to open-ended contracts and adopt effective measures to not allow any business operators to circumvent the law by means of terminating the contracts of contingent workers after five years.

The JCP representatives also demanded that the labor authorities survey automakers and electric-appliance manufacturers to determine if the stipulation is appropriately applied and that consultation services regarding the terms of contracts be provided by Prefectural Labor Bureaus or by the Labor Standards Inspection Offices.

Takahashi Chizuko, JCP member of the Lower House, said to Makihara, "Given the actual state of labor relations, many fixed-term contract workers would lose their jobs. The government should immediately make sure that all employers observe the principle of the law."

The state minister responded by saying, "We will fully inform and direct every corporation to comply with the intent of the law."

Past related articles:
> Thanks to union efforts, fixed-term staff at JAL affiliate win open-ended employment contracts [January 17, 2018]
> Using legal loophole, Tokyo Univ. will stop hiring part-time staff working for more than 5 years [August 24, 2017]
> Contingent workers at after-school daycare facilities in Sapporo win withdrawal of dismissals [May 12, 2017]
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