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Workers strike at local sugar factory

Date Posted: 1999-01-08

Workers at Shonan Sugar Mfg. Co. went on strike Friday, on their first working day of the current sugar-harvesting season. The workers decided on the action because they were angry about the company’s decision to reduce its total work force of 130 by 70 people last September. The company cited economic hardships as the reason for the firings. At that time 62 people resigned voluntarily, but the company ended up firing eight more in order to follow their original plan.

The employees were angry about the decision the company made and decided to go on strike from the first day of work. The sugar plants customarily hire their workers only for harvesting seasons and are idled for the rest of the year. The workers are planning to continue the strike until Jan. 20, which means that farmers growing sugar cane are going to suffer some damage because of the strike.

The president of the Shonan Sugar Manufacturing Co., Sadao Miyagi, expressed his apologies for the farmers. He also stressed the company’s intention to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

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