CSR Charter ⅤManagement Policy for Human Growth
Communication Between Employees and Company
Principle and Outline
The Daigas Group believes it important that employees and companies enjoy mutual trust and respect if they are together to help Group companies achieve sound growth. Views are exchanged during informal meetings between labor unions and the management team and at the meetings of various exploratory committees, and communication between employees and companies is being encouraged through such approaches as workplace visits by Osaka Gas' president to Group companies and organizations.
Labor and management cooperation to resolve issues
Osaka Gas has a union shop system in which all employees except those in management level are union members.
The Osaka Gas Workers Union has about 5,300 members, including workers seconded to affiliate companies, and its goal is amicable labor-management relations. The labor union and company management hold council meetings and review committee sessions at which they discuss changes in working conditions, management issues, and company business in general. Through opinion exchanges that build up mutual understanding and trust, the two sides form, maintain, and strengthen solid and amicable labor-management relations.
Efforts to Maintain a Stable Labor-Management Relationship Based on Mutual Trust Even in a Changing Business Environment
More than 40 years have passed since the Osaka Gas Workers Union was formed through the 1973 merger between its predecessor labor union and another employee union. During this period, union members have supported each other and have been united in resolving problems facing individual members each time they emerged—a fundamental policy that has remained unchanged despite the significant changes that have occurred in society. The union activities are aimed at achieving the happiness of all union members. Through their union activities, the members tried to find more meaning for life and enhanced a sense of fulfillment from work so that they can feel happiness.
Effectively as a partner of the Management, the Union has monitored and checked the Management's decisions and other activities by making policy proposals at informal meetings with the President and executives, and separate informal meetings with officials of regional divisions (approximately 60 meetings each year). Through these meetings, the Union has conveyed the voices of union members directly to the Management.
We have undertaken union activities not only by tackling ongoing issues requiring immediate attention but also taking medium- and long-term viewpoints into consideration. In response to the changing business environment and the management side's moves to enable Osaka Gas to attain sustainable growth, our union implemented organizational restructuring in 2016, the first of its kind in 13 years, to invigorate the organization.
In FY2019, we are working on compiling a new Mid-Term Management Plan with an eye toward the future. At a time when significant change is occurring in our society and a higher level of diversity is expected to be required, we will return to the fundamental question of how our organization should be and discuss how our union should contribute to the Company's growth and the development of society.
We will maintain the “equal and amicable labor-management relations” that we have inherited from our predecessors over the Company's long history. Our goal is to bring labor and management together as a team as a means of improving company performance and boosting union members' sense of commitment toward their work.
Company Award System
President's awards created to build employee awareness
Osaka Gas presents President's Awards in each year to recognize the efforts of employees who have made outstanding contributions in numerous areas and to boost environmental awareness within the company. Employees of Osaka Gas, temporary workers, and employees of affiliate companies are eligible for these awards, given out for remarkable performance at the workplace, for social contributions on behalf of the environment or communities, for the transmission of skills, for safety efforts, etc.