Toyota Labor Union Not to Make Pay-Scale Hike Demand Public

Economy

Nagoya, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--A Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> labor union is considering requesting a pay-scale increase without disclosing its size, in a rare move by a major labor union in Japan, informed sources said Wednesday.

The Toyota Motor Workers' Union plans to request a pay-scale hike for the sixth consecutive year in next year's "shunto" spring labor-management talks. It is set to decide details of its wage hike demand in February.

Toyota's subsidiaries tend to look at the parent's pay levels to decide their own levels. The labor union's move to keep its pay hike demand undisclosed is designed to end this practice and correct pay gaps between workers at Toyota and its subsidiaries, the sources said.

In this year's shunto talks, the labor union demanded a pay-scale rise of 3,000 yen a month. The management side did not disclose any figure in its response to the request, only saying that the size of a pay-scale increase exceeds the previous year's level.

The Federation of All Toyota Workers' Unions, an umbrella group of Toyota labor unions, plans to request a pay hike of 3,000 yen or more per month in next year's shunto talks.

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