McDonald's workers detail burns, job hazards

Mar 17, 2015

McDonald's workers detail burns, job hazards

McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers. The complaints are the latest move in an ongoing campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and ...

Feb 16, 2015

Survey suggests more firms planning pay hikes in fiscal 2015

An annual survey has found that a record 48.3 percent of the responding companies in are planning salary hikes for regular workers in fiscal 2015, credit research company Teikoku Databank Ltd. said on Monday. The proportion was higher than 46.4 percent seen in the ...

Feb 10, 2015

Hitachi unit's wearable sensor measures corporate activity levels

Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. has developed a wearable sensor for measuring employee activity levels that are closely linked to corporate productivity. The name tag-type sensor can be used to obtain data for analysis of human actions such as walking, nodding and typing. Activity levels can ...

Families hit as inflation outruns wage rises

Feb 4, 2015

Families hit as inflation outruns wage rises

Increases in the cost of living outpaced annual earnings that rose for the first time in four years in 2014 as the Abe administration sought to reflate the economy. Average earnings climbed 0.8 percent last year while pay, adjusted for inflation, fell 2.5 percent, ...

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 ...

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

Nov 25, 2014

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession kicks in

by Elaine Kurtenbach

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan’s surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country’s economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could ...