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Labor-Management Initiatives

Labor Union

NGK respects workers' rights, including the right to collective bargaining, and strives to build healthy labor-management relations. As of the end of March 2019, 3,852 employees belonged to the Labor Union.

Labor Union Membership Rate

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
75% 75% 77%

Note: (Number of union employees including contract manufacturing employees)/(All NGK employees including contract manufacturing employees)

Protecting the Right to Collective Bargaining

NNGK and the Labor Union have signed a labor agreement as equal partners. The agreement specifies that both parties shall respect each other's rights and take responsibility for the exercising of their own rights.
The two sides regularly hold Labor-Management Advisory Board meetings to exchange information and promote mutual understanding. They also maintain healthy labor-management relations by exchanging opinions on issues such as management policies, financial conditions, and activities of the Labor Union.
Collective bargaining sessions are held in an orderly manner, with both parties striving in good faith to resolve issues peacefully and promptly.

Labor-Management Consultations in Fiscal 2018

Guaranteeing the Minimum Wage

NGK and the Labor Union have signed an agreement that sets out original in-house minimum wages, which are fixed at a rate above the minimum wages by region and industry stipulated by the Minimum Wage Act. Through this agreement, we strive to improve employees' working conditions and avoid violation of relevant laws.

Communication between Labor and Management

NGK makes an effort to build labor-management relations founded on mutual trust through communication with various consultative bodies, such as the Labor-Management Advisory Board, the Worksite Advisory Board, and the Regular Labor-Management Council.
NGK and the Labor Union hold Labor-Management Advisory Board meetings to talk about business conditions and performance, and Worksite Advisory Board meetings to share issues pertaining to manufacturing, work systems, and workplace environments from each worksite. In addition, at Regular Labor-Management Council meetings, labor and management also proactively exchange opinions.

Survey on Workplace Vitality

Once every two years NGK carries out a survey aimed at gauging and visualizing workplace vitality. The results of the survey serve as basic data, which facilitate discussion about personnel-related initiatives to create a more work-friendly organizational environment that offers employees a sense of challenge. In addition, the results for each workplace are provided as feedback to the respective managers to help them improve the daily workplace environment.