Jul 6, 2016

Average pay hike won by unions shrinks

The average pay hike won in this year’s shunto annual labor-management negotiations across Japan shrank 0.20 percentage points from the previous year to 2 percent, according to a survey by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo. Even though the margin narrowed amid uncertainty ...

Mar 10, 2016

Japan steel makers consider pay hike of ¥2,500 a month

Major Japanese steel makers are considering putting forward a pay hike of ¥2,500 per month for fiscal 2016 as the shunto wage negotiations enter their final stage, it was learned Thursday. The envisaged figure is higher than the ¥2,000 agreed for fiscal 2014 in ...

Feb 22, 2016

Toshiba, Sharp unions OK'd to drop out of 'shunto' wage talks

The Japanese Electrical Electronic & Information Union (JEIU) on Monday allowed the labor unions of troubled Toshiba Corp. and Sharp Corp. to pull out of the industry’s annual wage talks due to weak earnings. Although the umbrella body of electronics unions will this spring ...

Feb 12, 2016

Japanese steel unions kick off 'shunto' wage talks

Labor unions representing the nation’s major steel makers submitted their pay hike requests on Friday, kicking off this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations and setting the tone for talks in other sectors. The Federation of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Workers’ Unions requested a ...

Dec 22, 2015

Keidanren to ask member firms to raise wages for third year

A committee under the Japan Business Federation, better known as Keidanren, broadly agreed Tuesday on guidelines for shunto spring wage negotiations in 2016 that will ask member companies with higher earnings to raise employee wages at rates greater than this year. Keidanren will seek ...

Dec 3, 2015

Japan unions plan to dial back wage demands by half

A labor group whose members include Toyota Motor Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Panasonic Corp.’s unions said they will seek half the minimum wage increase in 2016 compared with its plans entering this fiscal year. The Japan Council of Metalworkers’ Unions said its members intend ...

Oct 23, 2015

Top labor union Rengo to demand basic pay hike of 2%

Japan’s largest labor union will demand a basic pay hike of around 2 percent in addition to a seniority-based rise in the annual spring wage talks for fiscal 2016. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) made the decision at a meeting in Tokyo Thursday. ...

Sep 4, 2015

Auto unions consider seeking pay-scale hike for third year running

The Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, or JAW, is considering requesting a pay-scale hike for the shunto spring wage negotiations for the third straight year in 2016, JAW President Yasunobu Aihara said Thursday. The umbrella body of labor unions at Japanese automakers requested ...

Jul 7, 2015

Electronics unions to demand wage hikes in this year's labor talks

An umbrella body of labor unions at Japanese major electronics makers is set to demand pay increases during the 2016 shunto annual labor-management talks, said Shoji Arino, leader of the body. At a regular conference of the Japanese Electrical, Electronic & Information Union in ...