May Day Solidarity: Messages from Japan

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Attached is a solidarity message from a Japanese teachers’ labor organization, Education Workers Caucus of National Coordinating Center of Labor Unions, translated by us.

We, International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba, have been fighting against neoliberal assault on workers; Education Workers Caucus of NCCLU is our good partner.

Today, we also hold a May Day rally and demonstration in Shinjuku, downtown Tokyo.

In Solidarity,

International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba
http://www.doro-chiba.org/english/english2.htm
http://www.doro-chiba.org/english/english.htm

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Dear Brothers and Sisters of Seattle MAP test-boycotting teachers,

We would like to send you our heartfelt solidarity message on behalf of fighting Japanese public school teachers. We feel great respect for your courageous uprising against standardized test.

Neoliberalism is destroying public education everywhere in the world. Countless numbers of children are robbed of opportunities to study for economic reasons. While, on the other hand, massive firings as well as casualization of public teachers are steadily ongoing.

In Japan, the far right Abe administration recently brought back national standardized test. Like you, we are absolutely set against standardized tests which push ahead privatization.

Let us join together and unite our struggles against the privatization of public education. Unity makes us strong. Our international solidarity will surely open the way to the future!

Minoru Nihonyanagi,

Chair of Education Workers’ Caucus of National Coordinating Center of Labor Unions

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