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No.229 (2017/2/3)
2017 Spring Labour Struggle Kicks Off
Photo shows last year's situation

President Rikio Kozu of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) held talks at the Keidanren Kaikan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, in the morning of February 2nd, thus signaling the full-fledged start of labour's 2017 spring struggle for a better life.
Although corporate business performance is expected to be positive this year, buoyed by the underlying trends since last November of a weak yen and strong share prices, there are many worrying factors as well, including the protectionist statements of US President Donald Trump. Management refuses to budge from its reluctance to raise basic wages, which would mean an increase in fixed expenses, so hiking basic wages is going to be a major issue between labour and management this spring.
RENGO President Kozu commented, "Now the ball is in the business world's side of the court. At a time when the issue is how to conquer and exit deflation, it is necessary to share understanding overall."
RENGO is sticking to its guns regarding a basic pay hike and has proposed a demand for a basic pay raise of around 2%.

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