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Sogo & Seibu department store labor union to go on rare strike in Tokyo


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900 union members

That just too many, obviously they will be mass layoff. It's one of place that really relevant to Ikebukuro but try to go inside those stores just not so many customers anymore.

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Less per hour for the part timers!

Goodbye full timers, nice knowing you!

No full timers apart from the area manager forced to visit 10s of stores a week

The new reality in Japan and it sucks big time…

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In the first such action by a major department store union in 61 years, around 900 union members at the Seibu Ikebukuro store will refrain from working on Thursday after negotiations with parent Seven & i Holdings Co fell through, the labor union said.

And the union are negotiating with confessed wage thieves who as usual in one of the many(not only) paradises for corporate crime are unpunished.



Any wonder why wage negotiation in Japan is so perverse and unbalanced and created for exploitation?

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At least the new boss’s know they need to clean house when they take over.

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This was a negotiated strike between management and the union, as "management" are former union members themselves, and odds are it will be a "rah rah rah" we are against the foreigners buying us out. Then everything back to normal the next day.

Wouldn't be surprised one bit if "management" and "union" leaders are seen drinking together the night before and the day of the strike!

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

Good to see Japanese people striking! More businesses should do this!

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Somehow understandable when everything is getting expensive and costly while wages remain lowest, but in fact they strike their workplaces off the city map and against themselves. Department stores are globally disappearing everywhere, which is regrettable but they cannot make it against rivals in cheap sales sectors and of course internet platforms. I guess the countdown for those stores is now ticking too.

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A major step in the right direction , Japan need MORE strikes by the so called labor unions to get equal pay as public servants.

Why should any labor worker be underpaid or paid less than these fat cats at the city office??? Equal Pay for Equal work.

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But the US-based company, Fortress Investment Group LLC, is owned by a Japanese company....Softbank.

The plot thickens...

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I wouldn't want an American corporation to buy my company out either. They're ruthless with layoffs.

Wow, there hasn't been a strike by a department store since 1962 is pretty amazing.

I'd like to see more and more companies and unions go on strike in this country.

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Long boring work hours, low productively, incredibly low wages, it’s the norm in Japan.

Less people will do more and reap a financial reward, I hope all Japanese companies are taken over, revamped and modernized.

I actually thought that group went bankrupt ages ago, Definitely not on any radar for some time.

The entire country needs an overhaul.

Japanese companies treat their staff worse than foreign companies will.

No wage increases for 30 years, why do you think that’s happened.

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It's good to see a Japanese labor union strike. But, the reason is pretty lame. It's not gonna do anything to stop the sale.

The unions need to strike for actual labor-related reasons, such as higher wages, shorter hours, better benefits, etc, not something that, quite frankly, comes off a bit xenophobic.

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Now the board is planning to approve to sell to Fortress Investment Group LLC which parent company is Softbank group.

Sogo&seibu is a subsidairy of Seven & i Holdings Co.

Now the union want to prevent selling sogo&seibu to an American player.

Since softbank group is the parent company all decisions comes from softbank group.

It seems Fortress is considering having Yodobashi run its store within the Seibu department which may create more profit. And seven holding can focus more on their core business.

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Any buy out with a USA stamp on it is Not a good idea, we all know who will suffer.........and it will not be management, directors or share holders. Greed for greed's sake.

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Anyone know anybody being paid short or not on time?

Well, I do

And that is Japan today…

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In with the new way of doing business and out with the old antiquated way of doing things.

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These workers are all fools failing to realize that no Japanese company wants to buy their company and basically can’t afford to buy it! The US investment firm is their final lifeline and they want to destroy this lifeline as well! Many Japanese companies will collapse without foreign investment, mergers or buyouts!

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Fight the man!

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Some idiot foreigners here supporting the idea of strike failing to realize that only the workers will suffer further through this act! Japans labor laws are all crafted to favor the employer 99% of the time and the employees will be the ones who will face the consequences of these types of unnecessary strikes! These foreigners commenting here supporting or calling for more strikes should go back to those lawless countries! Japan doesn’t need to change its working style because it’s already great! If you don’t like Japan then just go back to your country instead of whining!

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 as its parent company remains committed to selling the chain to a U.S.-based investment fund 

Big mistake..

Go with the strike !!!!

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We need more strikes in Japan. And student walkouts, I would add.

It is the only way to weaken the parasitic hierarchy complex that is ruining Japan. After three and a half years of Covid policy buffoonery ravaging Japanese middle class wealth... it's time for a reckoning at all levels of society.

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