Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

by Didi Tang

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

Apr 4, 2015

Unions at 90% of small firms win average ¥1,900 monthly pay hike

About 90 percent of labor unions at small and midsize manufacturers won pay scale increases in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, an umbrella organization said. Of the 132 labor unions that received responses from management to their wage increase requests, 118 unions, or ...

Apr 4, 2015

U.S. hiring weakened in March

For months, the U.S. economy has been flagging. Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet employers kept on hiring vigorously. In March, the slump finally overtook the job market. Employers added just 126,000 workers — the fewest ...

Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

Apr 1, 2015

Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

An estimated 890,000 new recruits began work at companies, public offices and other organizations across Japan on Wednesday as the nation marked the start of the 2015 fiscal year. Central and local governments, as well as many private-sector companies, held welcome ceremonies for new ...