Auto unions to seek pay-scale hike of at least ¥3,000

Jiji Press KOBE (Jiji Press) — An umbrella body of auto industry labor unions adopted Thursday a policy of demanding a pay-scale increase of at least ¥3,000 a month in this year’s “shunto” wage negotiations.

This is the fifth straight year for the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, or JAW, to adopt a pay-scale hike demand. JAW set the amount at the same level for the third consecutive year.

At its central committee meeting held in the western Japan city of Kobe, JAW also decided to seek an hourly wage increase of ¥20 for nonregular workers, unchanged from the level it adopted last year.

It will also call for annual bonuses equivalent to five months’ pay.

Japanese automakers are enjoying steady earnings growth thanks in part to the yen’s weakening.

But uncertainty overshadows the industry at a time when the sector is undergoing major changes in the business environment partly on the back of a global shift to electrified vehicles.

Under the circumstances, auto labor unions are expected to face tough negotiations with management, sources familiar with the situation said.

At the day’s meeting, JAW President Akira Takakura called on unions from small firms to demand large hikes as part of efforts to narrow pay disparities between them and major companies.

Member unions will officially decide their own pay demands based on JAW’s policy.Speech

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