Labour Update Bulletin #154

Dec 17, 2022

This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed, in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan that are of interest to activists.

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In this bulletin…

  • Government working on raising the Childbirth/Childcare Lump-Sum to about 500,000 next year: strengthening measures against decline in birth rate
  • Welfare benefit amounts to shrink for some elderly households; recent price rises not reflected
  • Collective bargaining rights recognized for Uber Eats drivers
  • Amazon refuses demands: drivers seeking improved work environment
  • Monthly pay 100,000 less than advertised: cake shop Madame Shinco ordered to pay
  • Overtime unpaid for over 390 people at Sanda City Hospital–total approx. 100 million
  • “Give us unlimited contracts” : unprecedented strike by part-time lecturers at Tokai U. in Shizuoka
  • “Unreasonable differences in treatment” between full- and part-timers: 36% of companies say “no changes”
  • Just over 599,000 births through September; on track to total fewer than 800,000 this year, lowest figure ever
  • Workers’ comp. insurance: victims’ side demands withdrawal of employer complaint policy
  • Real wages down for seventh month in a row — drop of 2.6% in October
  • Outsourced garment company fails to pay interns’ wages; Wacoal donates money in support
  • Welfare applications in September up by 6.0%: rising prices a contributing factor, up for fifth month in a row

And more!

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