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2018 April 4 - 10 [LABOR]

Union at JAL subsidiary wins higher hourly wages for contract workers

April 10, 2018
A union at a Japan Airlines-affiliated company providing airport ground handling recently announced that it succeeded in increasing contract workers’ wages to more than 1,000 yen an hour.

In April, JAL Ground Service Co., Ltd. (JGS) raised the hourly wage of contract workers working at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) by 87 yen to 1,050 yen. The company in January already began to pay those at Narita International Airport an hourly wage of 1,000 yen, 43 yen higher than the previous year.

JGS contract workers had worked at low pay rates, almost the same level as regional minimum wages. Those who are assigned to Haneda Airport, for example, received five yen per hour more than Tokyo’s regional minimum wage.

The JGS union which is based in Tokyo, in a collective bargaining session at the end of 2017, stressed the importance of higher hourly wages as an essential measure needed to help solve labor shortage problem and referred to the fact that job seekers normally want to earn at least 1,000 yen an hour.

The JGS management in response said that the company constantly discussed ways to attract workers. Later it offered an increase in hourly wages.

The union said that in collaboration with JGS unions based in Sapporo, Osaka, and Kyushu, it will work even harder to achieve an hourly wage of 1,500 yen and pay raises in accordance with length of service.

Past related article:
> Thanks to union efforts, fixed-term staff at JAL affiliate win open-ended employment contracts [January 17, 2018]

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