Labor Unions

Although Japan’s labor unions are not as powerful as those found in other jurisdictions, e.g., in EU countries, consultation and negotiation with unions sometimes is required such as when implementing changes to HR systems, reducing personnel, corporate reorganization, carrying out individual dismissals, and recommendations to resign or changes of terms of work. Recently, employees sometimes join external labor unions and employers suddenly receive a notice of demand for collective bargaining sessions from such unions, which cannot be ignored or refused. Dealings with labor unions need to be handled appropriately and in accordance with general labor laws such as the Labor Standards Act and the Labor Union Act. Atsumi & Sakai provides a broad range of advice and support for clients dealing with labor unions in areas such as:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Dismissal or other actions against a labor union member
  • Representation in proceedings before Prefectural Labor Relations Commissions

 

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