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Convenience stores should sit face to face with franchise owners

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Convenience stores are grappling with a raft of problems including a manpower shortage and long working hours.

In an unusual move, the government’s Central Labor Relations Commission has called on convenience store chain operators to do more to help franchise stores tackle these problems.

The commission, an independent agency supervised by the labor ministry for helping settle labor disputes, has pointed out a large gap in bargaining power between chain operators and franchise owners and stressed the need to develop an effective system to solve problems between the two sides.

In particular, the panel argues, “consideration on the part of the companies is to be desired.”

A “labor union” organized by the owners of stores belonging to the chains operated by Seven-Eleven Japan Co. and FamilyMart Co. has asked the commission to endorse its right of collective bargaining with the firms.

While the panel did not grant the right to the union, it........

© The Asahi Shimbun