Labour Update Bulletin #172

Aug 27, 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:

  • Reductions or exemptions for teachers’ student loan payments: MEXT policy aims to deal with shortage
  • 2022 Labor Health and Safety Survey (Actual Conditions Survey) Results Released
  • Construction unions protest Expo request for exemption from overtime limits
  • Two former Kobe Jogakuin teachers sue for 24.45 million in unpaid overtime: “some months, up to 580,000 went unpaid”–Kobe District Court, Amagasaki Branch
  • JR East ordered to pay compensation after demanding employees quit union
  • Strike to be avoided for now at Jetstar: company intends to back-pay wages
  • Medical resident (doctor in training), aged 26, commits suicide, workers’ compensation granted–no day off in three months, 207 hours overtime a month
  • Foreign technical interns work more than 100 hours of overtime a month–box-lunch shop in Yonezawa prosecuted
  • Caring for COVID patients, moving bodies… facility staff member gets workers’ compensation for her depression
  • 13 million in unpaid wages to JR West employees tasked with making timetables: overtime work in violation of labor agreement–some with up to “190 hours overtime”
  • Real wages down by 1.6% in June; high prices lead to 15th month in a row of decreases
  • Labor shortages felt at 49% of companies: expanded hiring, challenges for management
  • April-June GDP up 6.0%; despite high growth, “personal consumption” down
  • Legoland to introduce 3-days-off system for child/family care, starting September
  • Aichi to introduce “Familyship System”: first prefecture to include children in certification
  • Even Zoom returns to the office: employees ordered to come in twice a week

And more!!

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