|Management interference with employees’ trade union rights in the United States|
|Lead NCP||United States|
|Supporting NCP(s)||France, Japan, Netherlands|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the trade unions UAW/IndustriALL regarding the activities of Nissan in the United States.|
|Theme(s)||Employment and industrial relations, Human rights|
|Date||28 Apr 2014|
|Host country(ies)||United States|
Read the final statement issued by the US NCP concluding the specific instance - 30 January 2015
In April 2014 the US NCP received a request for review from the trade unions UAW/IndustriALL alleging that Nissan had breached the employment and industrial relations, and human rights provisions of the Guidelines in the United States. Specifically the trade union alleged that the intimidation and aggressive tactics of management interfered with employees’ trade union rights, and that Nissan had failed to respect international standards on freedom of association with respect to its US workers.
The NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance and concluded that it merited further consideration. The NCP therefore offered its good offices to facilitate a discussion between the parties to seek a mutually agreed upon resolution. The NCP offers the services of objective and neutral mediators employed by the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), however Nissan was not willing to participate.
Given the non-willingness by the company, the NCP concluded the specific instance and made a number of recommendations:
Conduct Corporate-Wide Labour Review: The NCP recommends that Nissan North America, Inc., in co-operation and with guidance from Nissan corporate headquarters in Japan, conduct corporate-wide labour rights review processes, consistent with the recommendation of the Guidelines, in particular the chapters cited in this specific instance.
More fully detailed information is available in the NCP final statement issued upon conclusion of the specific instance.