Jan 11, 2014

Toyota union to demand pay hike

The federation of labor unions for Toyota Motor group firms decides to demand a pay-scale hike at upcoming spring wage talks for the first time since 2009.

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

Dec 7, 2013

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

by Mike Cohen

Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in apartheid jails in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Four years later, his government slashed spending and courted foreign investors, paving the way for the longest period of growth in the country’s history. The ...

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Aug 27, 2013

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Tens of thousands of builders halted work and aircraft technicians disrupted air traffic Monday in the latest strikes to hit South Africa, fanning fears of new violence. Around 90,000 construction workers embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a 13 percent pay increase, against employers’ ...

Mar 22, 2013

Firms face law to hire mentally disabled ranks

The labor ministry will submit a bill that will require companies and public offices to employ mentally disabled people starting in April 2018, ministry officials said Thursday. The plan was approved at a meeting of the ministry’s Labor Policy Council subcommittee on employment of ...

Hollowing-out hurting factory ranks

Feb 14, 2013

Hollowing-out hurting factory ranks

The nation’s once-thriving manufacturing sector saw its total workforce fall below 10 million for the first time in 51 years in December — down sharply from an October 1992 peak, when it employed just over 16 million, government data has shown. With 9.98 million ...

Jan 22, 2013

The problem of power harassment

One in four workers in Japan experienced power harassment over the past three years, according to a recent survey by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The poll of 4,580 companies with 30 or more employees, conducted between July and September of 2012, also ...