In 1959, the victims of Minamata disease and their families were in a much weaker situation than that of the fisherman, who had at least taken some “sympathy” in Chisso. The only patient organization present at the time of the fisheries agreements was the Minamata Disease Patients Families Mutual Aid Society, which was not founded until August 1957. They were much smaller (in November 1959, the company represented only 58 families of 78 patients) and membership in society was more divided than relatively united fishermen. One of the factors that led to the separation of patients from the ice was the discrimination and prohibition that some families in the Minamata community experienced. The people on the ground, who, of course, rejected the problems of unclean no and sickness, felt that the company (and its city that depended on it) were facing economic ruin under pressure from the various groups that made demands to them. Even the fishermen who were victims of the company`s pollution discriminated against the victims of the disease because they fuelled the fears that prevented the sale of their fish. For some patients, community ostracism meant greater anxiety than the disease itself. About 50 members of the association went to Kumamoto on 1 December and asked Governor Teramoto to include the patient compensation claim in the mediation with the Prefecture Fishermen`s Alliance. He said he was ready to consult with the company and, when the conciliation committee submitted its approval to the Fisheries Alliance on 16 December, he also presented a proposal for “sympathy support” to the mutual aid association, although there were no representatives on the conciliation committee. The proposal amounted to a total of JPY 74 million. The money would be allocated to patients certified by a committee to be created by the Ministry of Health and Welfare: adult patients would receive 100,000 JPY ($278) and children 10,000 JPY ($28) per year; Families of dead patients would receive a payment of JPY 320,000 (USD889).
The company`s leader, Eizé Watanabe, agreed that the total amount of compensation was acceptable, but rejected the plan on the staggered payment plan and the very small amount offered to victims of children. The collective agreement, taking into account the financial and economic situation of the employer, can be benefits and bonuses for workers who have more favourable working conditions than those provided by the laws, other normative acts, agreements. In order to ensure the regulation of social relations of labour, to conduct collective agreements and to organize a draft of collective agreements, agreements, conclusion and organisation of monitoring the implementation of the collective agreement and agreements at all levels at the same level at the same base, the commissions are constituted by the decision of the parties, composed of the duly accredited representatives of the parties.