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Workers stage 2nd strike at U.S. bases

Date Posted: 2007-12-03

More than 16,000 Japanese workers on American military bases turned out Friday to again protest a government plan to slash their wages and benefits.
The 24-hour strike, which included about 6,000 Okinawa participants, was the second in two weeks by the Zenchuro, the all Japan Garrison Workers Union. “The union has made concessions,” Okinawa Union Secretary General Tsuneo Teruya says, “but the government has failed to respond to us.” The government has announced plans to cut salaries totaling about 10% of each worker’s pay, while at the same time reducing or eliminating special benefits totaling ¥6,000 per worker per month.
The Zenchuro says it will strike again later this month, promising the next walk out will last three days. Friday’s strike at 40 American installations caused inconveniences to base operations, and saw both Army Air Force Exchange Service and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities forced to curtail services.
The first strike on November 21st was the first nationwide base workers strike in 16 years.

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