Mar 12, 2015

Major U.S. unions step up battle against TPP

The largest American labor federation says it and its affiliated unions are freezing political contributions to federal candidates “until further notice” to channel funds into labor’s intensifying battle to stop or at least help shape a proposed free trade agreement being negotiated by the ...

Mar 4, 2015

Auto workers double their pay hike demands this year

The umbrella group representing automobile industry unions said 84 percent of its member unions are demanding a base wage hike of about ¥6,000 per month, double the demands they made last year. A tally released Tuesday by the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, ...

Feb 18, 2015

Big firms face pay-hike calls as 'shunto' labor talks begin

Large firms kicked off their annual wage talks Wednesday, with labor unions demanding a pay-scale hike amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated calls for an increase in salaries that would help boost consumption and shore up the economy. Workers at major automakers including Toyota ...

Jan 29, 2015

Business, labor seek common ground ahead of wage talks

The nation’s largest business lobby and labor union held rare direct talks Thursday, seeking common ground ahead of their annual wage talks that could affect the Abe administration’s efforts to revitalize the economy. “This year’s spring labor offensive has drawn high expectations from the ...

Jan 19, 2015

Electronics unions to demand ¥6,000 pay hike

Labor unions at major electronics makers are planning to demand a hike of ¥6,000 in monthly pay across the board during the upcoming “shunto” annual pay negotiations, industry sources say. It would be the highest demand since a ¥7,000 request filed in 1998. The ...

Abe, business heads, labor unions agree on efforts for wage growth

Dec 16, 2014

Abe, business heads, labor unions agree on efforts for wage growth

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration crafted a joint statement Tuesday with leaders of business organizations and labor unions, aiming to bolster the economy through wage growth. At a trilateral meeting, Abe also urged large manufacturers, which have benefited from the yen’s slide, to trade ...

Dec 9, 2014

Rengo to offer counseling on dangers of 'karoshi'

Labor experts at the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) will offer two days of telephone counseling starting Wednesday to help workers struggling under heavy workloads. The chances of a worker falling victim to “karoshi,” or death from overwork, and having the fatality so recognized ...