Labor Update Bulletin #137 (4/2022)

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...

  • Public pension amounts to decrease by 0.4% beginning in April; starting age range to be widened
  • “Monetary settlement system for invalid firings”: MHWL committee makes report
  • “Unfair dismissal void”: clinical psychologist on itaku contract sues Shobi U.
  • Union vote win a “workers’ uprising”: discontent smolders at Amazon amid pandemic
  • Vietnamese interns, forced to quit, protest at organization telling them to leave union
  • “Same work as regular staff, with pay cut in half”: fifteen re-employed staff sue JR Kyushu
  • Citation for Toei: Overtime unpaid to Kamen Rider production staff-- “such a work-style cannot be thought justified”
  • “Shift system” workers in poverty; lawyers form group to push for legislation
  • Ukraine’s GDP shrinks by 45%; Russia in a “deep recession”: World Bank predictions
  • Hitachi removes minimum work hours, also makes “3 days off a week” possible
  • Total worldwide COVID-19 infections top 500 million; up by 100 million over 2 months, no end in sight yet
  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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