Business 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. It ...

Business / Economy 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 ...

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. Workers at major automakers including Toyota Motor ...

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. "This year's spring labor offensive has drawn high expectations from the public. ...

National 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 increase ...

Business 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 similar ...