/ Mar 13, 2017

Toyota to offer smaller pay-scale hike of ¥1,300

Toyota Motor Corp. and its labor union effectively agreed Sunday on a pay-scale hike of ¥1,300 per month in this year’s shunto wage negotiations. The deal means the leading automaker, which is regarded as a pacesetter in shunto negotiations, will offer a base wage ...

Japan panel proposes capping overtime at 720 hours a year

Feb 15, 2017

Japan panel proposes capping overtime at 720 hours a year

The secretariat of the government’s work reform council has put forward a draft plan to set the legal ceiling on overtime work at 720 hours a year, or 60 hours a month. The government is separately considering setting a monthly overtime limit at 100 ...

/ 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 ...