Labour Update Bulletin #176

Oct 26, 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:

  • New framework for labor agreements under consideration: MHWL to make concrete policy, including revision to Labor Standards Act
  • Survey of foreign workers’ employment situation to be carried out every year, starting this year: MHWL
  • Health and safety policies for freelancers come together — reporting of work accidents to be made mandatory: MHWL commission
  • Freelancers’ special enrollment in workers’ comp. Insurance: eligibility to be expanded, says council
  • Unpaid overtime, bullying: business managers punished — Sumo Association
  • Strikes widen at “Big Three” U.S. auto companies: five factories, 25,000 workers — 17% of UAW members
  • At JR West, overtime in excess of labor agreement, unpaid wages: Railway Hospital, etc.
  • Amazon driver granted workers’ compensation: judged to be an employed worker, even though freelance
  • 33 Amazon drivers boycott over Prime Day treatment
  • Welfare benefit applications up 2.8% in July, according to MHWL, increasing for seventh month in a row
  • IMF’s latest world economic outlook: “widening growth divergences across regions”

And more!!

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