Japan Auto Unions to Focus on Pay Gap Reduction

Economy

Yokohama, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)--The Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers' Unions, or JAW, on Thursday decided to seek reduction in pay gaps between big and small companies in this year's "shunto" labor-management negotiations.

To the end, JAW will focus on an increase in total pay achieved through pay-scale hikes and regular raises, according to the policy adopted at a central committee meeting in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The umbrella body for auto industry labor unions made a uniform request for a monthly pay-scale rise of 3,000 yen or more in shunto talks for three years from 2016.

In this year's negotiations, JAW, whose member unions have a total of 779,000 unionized workers, will demand a pay-scale hike without giving a specific figure.

This is because a uniform pay scale hike does nothing to narrow pay gaps between big companies like Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> and smaller companies including parts suppliers.

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