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Discrimination and trade union rights violations in Japan

samedi 30 novembre 2002, par Manue

While Japan has ratified both of the core ILO conventions protecting trade union rights, a new report on Japan issued by the ICFTU still condemns "serious problems" for workers in "much of the public sector", and widespread discrimination against women, with female workers earning "on average 65.5% of average male wages". Public employees who go on strikes could face dismissal and jail sentences of up to three years. While women now make an approximate 40% of the working force, they continue to be under-represented in senior and management posts (only 9%). Recent surveys also suggest that nearly 70% of working women have experienced sexual harassment, a serious problem which has still not been effectively dealt with by the Japanese government.

Source : ICFTU online

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