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 ...

Rengo faces key test in Upper House poll

May 11, 2016

Rengo faces key test in Upper House poll

The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) is facing a crucial moment in this summer’s election for the Upper House. The trade union national center will put forward 12 officials as candidates for the Democratic Party, its largest number in a House of Councilors election. ...

Rengo to focus on monthly pay in wage-hike talks, not annual income

Jan 29, 2016

Rengo to focus on monthly pay in wage-hike talks, not annual income

This year’s shunto spring wage talks should focus on raising monthly pay rather than annual pay, Rikio Kozu, president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), said in an interview Thursday. Keidanren called on member companies to raise annual pay, including bonuses and allowances. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Dec 3, 2014

Toyota labor unions to seek ¥6,000 monthly raise

The labor unions of Toyota Motor Corp. will consider demanding a raise of at least ¥6,000 in monthly pay in annual wage talks starting early next year, sources said Wednesday. That would be higher than the demand made earlier this year and could trigger ...

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Apr 26, 2014

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do his utmost toward continued economic growth and to spread the benefits among the wider population. Addressing a May Day gathering of some 40,000 participants in central Tokyo, Abe said he is aiming for a sustained recovery ...