Labour Update Bulletin #155

Jan 2, 2023

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:

  • Workers’ compensation insurance: new structure to be introduced to allow companies to complain
  • U.K. nurses’ union to strike nationwide for first time since founding
  • Firings of two union-member teachers invalid: Kanagawa Labor Commission gives order for relief
  • UA Zensen proposes Shunto demand for 6% pay raise
  • Suntory HD aims to raise wages by 6%–company president Niinami says “the engine of growth is personnel”
  • U.S. passes law to protect same-sex marriage rights; Pres. Biden signs
  • BoJ Tankan: sense of labor shortage grows stronger–pay raises a focus in next year’s Shunto
  • Slight increase in number of companies guaranteeing opportunity to work until 70
  • Unionization rate lower than ever at 16.5%, down by 0.4 points: MHWL statistics
  • Nippon Life to give 50,000 sales workers a 7% pay increase in 2023
  • BoJ reduces monetary easing, raises interest rates–long-term interest rate cap to be raised to 0.5%

And more!

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