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 ...

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 ...