Labour Update Bulletin #175

Oct 9, 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:

  • PM Kishida presents five-pillared economic policy: “protect people’s life from high prices”
  • “Urgent measures for dealing with the ‘income barrier’ ” Sep. 27, 2023, MHWL
  • Workers go on strike at all of the U.S. “big three” automakers — unions demanding large raises
  • In suit over firing, Nagasaki U. settles with foreign assistant professor, who returns to work with unlimited contract
  • Private school teacher sues saying “transfer order” from Fukuoka to Fukushima is invalid; court rules “no obligation to work there”
  • Tohoku U. terminates 84 limited-term researchers, etc. — “10-year rule”
  • “Dispatch company interferes” in making overtime agreement — complaint filed at Tokyo Labor Commission
  • U.S. auto workers’ strike widens to 20 states, and to distribution departments at two companies
  • At Osaka City Bus, overtime in violation of “3-6 agreement”: some work over 100 hours overtime in a month — personnel shortage may be a cause
  • Consumer prices up 3.1% in August: increase rate stays stable at high level

And more!!

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