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Efforts made to support work style reform in shunto talks

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunThis year’s shunto spring wage negotiations involved measures to correct long working hours and improve benefits, including raises in allowances in response to the government’s initiatives for work style reform.

Toyota Motor Corp. and its union have agreed to raise the child allowance for second and subsequent children by about 50 percent from the current levels to ¥20,000. This would add ¥1,100 in average wages for union members. Combined with a proposed pay scale hike of ¥1,300 per month, the average wage hike will be ¥2,400 per month. The aims is to secure working women.

Meanwhile, major electric machinery manufacturers and the industry’s union announced on Saturday a joint declaration, saying they will cooperate on correcting long working hours.

On Monday, major restaurant operator Zensho Holdings Co. and its union agreed to allow employees to take leave to receive fertility treatments. On Tuesday, Skylark Co. told its union that the company will provide allowances to part-time and other such employees who work during the New Year holidays.

Some unions of electric machinery makers are demanding the introduction of a so-called working hour interval system, under which a certain number of hours is set between the end of work and the beginning of work the next day.

The union of Yamato Transport Co. is calling for curbing the volume of parcels the company handles to rectify long working hours. The management side will respond to the demand on Thursday or later.Speech

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