Labour Update Bulletin #180

Mar 2, 2024

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:

  • Foreign Technical Intern system: new system to be aimed at staffing and training
  • Those working shortened hours while taking care of a child will receive benefit equal to 10% of salary to encourage balancing childcare and work
  • Childcare facilities, shortened hours etc. to be required: plans to amend law– MHWL
  • Jetstar union to refuse day-off requests over demands for back-payment of wages
  • Iwate Medical U. staff union goes on strike over winter bonus cut
  • Tokai U. faculty union to strike for 15 minutes of lesson time, seeking pay raise
  • Citation issued to Hiroo Gakuen: part-time teachers’ wages unpaid, time cards abolished
  • “Almost the same tasks as regular staff… gap in pay unfair”: third-sector contract employee in Amami sues, seeking 8.66 million in damages
  • Average wage revisions: amount and rate in 2023 both at highest level since 1999, says MHWL
  • Yokosuka to introduce “familyship” system: first in Kanagawa to recognize children of same-sex and common-law couples as family
  • This year’s raise postponed for Yokohama city part-time staff; “retroactive revision” not applied
  • Welfare applications up year-on-year for ninth month in a row; longest period of increase since 2012

And more!!

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