Japanese Auto Unions Demand Higher Wages

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--The labor unions of major Japanese automakers submitted pay increase requests to their employers on Wednesday for annual "shunto" spring wage talks.

All unions except that of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> called for a pay-scale hike of 3,000 yen a month, unchanged from the previous year's requests. They requested a pay-scale increase for the sixth straight year.

The unions of Toyota, Nissan Motor Co. <7201> and Honda Motor Co. <7267> submitted their requests.

The Toyota union did not specify any amount of pay-scale increase that it wants. Instead, it demanded a total monthly wage increase, also including a regular hike, of 12,000 yen on average among unionized workers.

It is unusual for a major labor union to demand a wage hike without specifying any requested amount of pay-scale increase.

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