Tag - labor-unions



Nov 21, 2018
3,000 foreign employees join ramen noodle shop's workers union
Ramen noodle restaurant operator Hiday Co. says its workers formed a labor union, with some 3,000 foreign employees — mostly part-timers — joining the union's ranks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 20, 2018
GM Korea fails to reach wage deal, edging closer to bankruptcy filing
General Motors' South Korean unit and its labor union failed to reach a wage deal by Friday, breaching a deadline set by the U.S. automaker to seek bankruptcy protection for the loss-making unit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 21, 2018
Abused foreign trainees in Japan pressured to leave labor union by technical intern program's supervising body AHM
An organization that supervises foreign trainees brought to Japan under the Technical Intern Training Program attempted to pressure a 25-year-old man from the Philippines to leave his labor union, the union said.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2017
Ryan Smith: Father, husband, communist
During the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 12, Tozen Union member Ryan Smith (aka Jon Doe) took his own life. He was 37.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2017
Hong Kong activists slam eviction of Beijing's 'low-end population' and razing of their dwellings
Activists from dozens of labor rights groups marched in Hong Kong on Wednesday to protest the destruction of housing in Beijing for tens of thousands of migrant workers and eviction of the "low-end population" from the capital city.
Oct 6, 2017
Rengo to demand 2% pay hike at spring wage negotiations
The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) will request a pay scale increase for the fifth straight year during the 2018 shunto spring labor-management wage negotiations, according to sources.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2017
Rengo chief Kozu to remain at helm of nation's largest labor organization
Rikio Kozu, head of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), the nation's largest labor organization, will stay on for a second two-year term beginning in October, sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2017
Yamato to hike delivery rates for first time in 27 years
Yamato Transport Co., the nation's leading door-to-door parcel delivery provider, plans to raise its base shipping fees by the end of September for the first time in 27 years, company sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 1, 2017
Yamato Transport looks at ways to ease burdens on drivers as online purchases skyrocket
Amid its annual shunto spring wage negotiations, major courier firm Yamato Transport Co. said Wednesday it may seek to implement measures to ease burdens placed on delivery drivers to improve working conditions.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2016
'Five-year rule' triggers 'Tohoku college massacre' of jobs
I have discussed the "five-year rule" several times before in this column — the revision of the Labor Contract Law (Rodo Keiyaku Ho) enacted in 2013. Under the amendment, any worker employed on serial fixed-term contracts (yūki koyō) for more than five years can give themselves permanent status....
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2015
Ripped-off bar hostesses in Japan stand up for their rights
With an increase in nonregular employment driving more women into the night entertainment business, some are turning to labor unions to deal with clubs that try to con them.
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.
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.
Japan Times
Aug 23, 2015
I've been unfairly dismissed — what can I do?
A reader asks: 'I want to make the company withdraw my dismissal or get compensation from them. What options do I have?'
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2015
Has striking in Japan become extinct?
"Strike." Dear reader, what do you think when you hear this word? What impression do you get? Do you see the blood, sweat and tears? Do you see an angry, vicious mob disturbing our civil society? I bet a majority of Japanese people under the age of 40 have neither a positive nor negative impression of...
May 16, 2015
Weighing the human cost of industrialization
In the year the West knows as 604 A.D., one of Japan's most revered statesmen, Shotoku Taishi, issued a "constitution," the first of whose 17 articles states, "Harmony is to be valued."
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 18, 2015
Major companies agree to hike pay scales; attention shifts to smaller firms
In a boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies, major domestic firms say they will raise pay scales to conclude this year's spring wage talks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 26, 2015
Toyota likely to agree to bigger wage hike than last year
Toyota Motor Corp. will likely agree to a base-wage hike that will top last year's raise of ¥2,700 per month, sources close to the matter said, as the carmaker began annual pay talks with its labor unions.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 18, 2015
Big firms face pay-hike calls as 'shunto' labor talks begin
Large firms kicked off their annual wage talks Wednesday, with labor unions demanding a pay-scale hike amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's repeated calls for an increase in salaries that would help boost consumption and shore up the economy.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 29, 2015
Business, labor seek common ground ahead of wage talks
The nation's largest business lobby and labor union held rare direct talks Thursday, seeking common ground ahead of their annual wage talks that could affect the Abe administration's efforts to revitalize the economy.


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