Labor Update Bulletin #92 (07/2020)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in general in Japan.


In this bulletin...

  • Little progress in use of leave subsidies by those working while pregnant: only 50 applications nationwide in one month;

  • No guideline indicated for increase in minimum wage--first time since 2009;

  • Kyoto City Health Center staff work up to 251 hours overtime during coronavirus spread, with a total of 43 workers over the karoshi line;

  • Settlement over karoshi (overwork death) of Nagasaki doctor in his 30s: 84 days of work in a row, with a monthly average of 177 hours of overtime;

  • More and more nursery-school teachers see pay cuts due to the effects of coronavirus - union demands steps from national government;

  • Shadow of "fake outsourcing" on re-re-outsourced METI work as workers take orders from workplaces they are sent to;

  • 60% of freelancers have no contract - a reality of low pay and long hours;

  • And more!


(Translated from Japanese)


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