Section 1. Construction of Motomachi Plant and Introduction of TQC
Item 8. Signing of Joint Declaration of Labor and Management
As explained in Part 1 Chapter 2, the labor disputes in 1950 were a significant lesson about the importance of a trusting relationship between labor and management. From the mid-1950s onward, an unwritten law was established that problems would be resolved through dialogues between managers and workers.
In February of 1962, Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. signed the “Joint Declaration of Labor and Management” with the Toyota Motor Workers’ Union. With a mutual relationship of trust between labor and management (based on resolving problems through labor-management dialogue) established, the declaration embodied the hope that both parties would unify to overcome the imminent challenges of trade liberalization and intensified competition between companies, and to make the leap towards a “Global Toyota”.
Under the Joint Declaration of Labor and Management, both parties were able to affirm their mutual devotion to the concept of maintaining and enhancing the company’s prosperity and labor conditions through the improvement of productivity and the relationship of trust between labor and management. Based on the fundamental spirit of the original joint declaration, Toyota’s managers and workers have in years since taken such opportunities as the 20th anniversary of the declaration signing in 1982 and the 50th anniversary in 2012 to reaffirm their dedication to further strengthen the bonds between labor and management and to face the challenges of the future together.