Labor Update Bulletin #142 (6/2022)

Jul 14, 2022

This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan. We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in general in Japan.

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In the bulletin…

  • Childbirth/childcare lump-sum to increase “starting next year” says Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • “Reiwa Rincho” holds inaugural meeting: heads of six parties make appeals for the national future
  • Amazon delivery drivers form union; “managed by app, working over 12 hrs./day”
  • Prices rising faster than any time in the last 40 years; large-scale demonstrations demanding wage increases–U.K.
  • “Postponed answer to demand to withdraw firings”: Riken union files grievance
  • Largest strike in 30 years: U.K. railway workers seek 7% pay increase
  • U.S. consumer prices rise by 8.6% in May, biggest rise in 40 years
  • NTT’s new system will treat coming to the office as a “business trip”: work-from-home will be the rule, employees will; be able to live where they want
  • Large companies’ summer bonuses up by biggest amount ever, in Keidanren survey taken since 1981
  • Upper-house election: party platform summaries
  • Exemptions and suspensions of pension premiums at highest number ever, 6.12 million: National Pension feels effects of COVID-19 in 2021

And more!

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