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2020 January 29 - February 4 [LABOR]

Zenroren in upcoming 'shunto' will demand pay hike of 25,000 yen/month

January 29, 2020
The National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren) and the People's Spring Struggle Joint Committee have decided to demand a minimum 25,000-yen raise a month and 150 yen an hour in the upcoming "shunto" spring wage talks.

They recently released survey results of workers in 21 industries which will serve as fortifying data before going into labor-management wage bargaining negotiations.

According to the data, workers who feel that the reality of their daily lives is "very hard" or "somewhat hard" accounted for 56.5%, slightly up from the 55.2% last year. Regarding annual incomes compared to the previous year, those who answered "decreased" went up to 31.2% from the last year's 26.5%. These results reveal the need for a significant increase in wages.

The same data also show that the average hourly wage for non-permanent workers was 1,047 yen. The most common response, however, was the "800-yen level" followed by the "900-yen level".

Through these survey results, Zenroren and the People's Spring Struggle Joint Committee confirmed the need for a significant pay hike and decided to seek an 8.4% increase.

They agreed to work to gain public support and promote this year's wage-hike movement saying, "Let's win a drastic pay hike to expand domestic consumption and create a positive economic cycle!"

Past related article:
> Keidanren focuses on individual wage bargaining, becoming more hostile toward ‘shunto’ spring wage offensive [January 23, 2020]
> Zenroren declares start of 2020 ‘shunto’ spring wage struggle [January 17, 2020]
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