Spread of COVID-19 casts shadow over Japan's <I>shuntō</I> wage talks

Business Feb 20, 2020

Spread of COVID-19 casts shadow over Japan's shuntō wage talks

The widening outbreak of the new coronavirus originating in China has started to affect annual shuntō wage negotiations. Tougher wage talks are expected this year, with management increasingly cautious about agreeing to pay hikes amid growing concerns over corporate performance. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or ...

Business Jan 24, 2020

Japan electronics union to seek monthly pay hike of ¥3,000 or more

The Japanese Electrical Electronics & Information Union, or JEIU, decided Friday to seek a pay-scale increase of ¥3,000 or more per month in this year's shuntō management-labor negotiations. The JEIU, composed mainly of labor unions at electronics makers, adopted the decision at a central committee ...

French unions take to streets in make-or-break pension protest

Business / Economy Jan 10, 2020

French unions take to streets in make-or-break pension protest

French trade unions disrupted rail services, cut power output and brought demonstrators onto the streets in cities across France on Thursday in a make-or-break push to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon his planned pension reform. The country's hard-left unions rallied supporters hoping to regain ...

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Business / Economy Jan 9, 2020

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Five weeks into strikes crippling French transport, Emile Sebbag is agonizing over how to keep afloat his two Parisian clothing stores, deserted by shoppers as the backlash against France's pension reform drags on. The start of winter sales on Wednesday — traditionally a big event ...