A JCM staff member writes a wage increase response on a whiteboard

A JCM staff member writes a wage increase response on a whiteboard

The JCM office is packed with members of the media

The JCM office is packed with members of the media

Camera flashes go off each time a response is written on the whiteboard

Camera flashes go off each time a response is written on the whiteboard

A JCM staff member receives a response by telephone

A JCM staff member receives a response by telephone

Waiting for responses at the JCM office

Waiting for responses at the JCM office

A JCM staff member enters a response

A JCM staff member enters a response

The response situation is entered on the whiteboard

The response situation is entered on the whiteboard

Strategic Committee Meeting press conference

Strategic Committee Meeting press conference

Press conference

Press conference

General Secretary Asanuma reads the Strategic Committee Meeting points for confirmation at the press conference

General Secretary Asanuma reads the Strategic Committee Meeting points for confirmation at the press conference

President Aihara provides his official comments in response to the answers received on Unified Response Day

President Aihara provides his official comments in response to the answers received on Unified Response Day

The Strategic Committee Meeting press conference on Unified Response Day

The Strategic Committee Meeting press conference on Unified Response Day

Television broadcast trucks line the street in front of the JCM office at 9:30 a.m. on Unified Response Day

Television broadcast trucks line the street in front of the JCM office at 9:30 a.m. on Unified Response Day

A JCM staff member writes a wage increase response on a whiteboard The JCM office is packed with members of the media Camera flashes go off each time a response is written on the whiteboard A JCM staff member receives a response by telephone  Waiting for responses at the JCM office A JCM staff member enters a response The response situation is entered on the whiteboard Strategic Committee Meeting press conference Press conference General Secretary Asanuma reads the Strategic Committee Meeting points for confirmation at the press conference President Aihara provides his official comments in response to the answers received on Unified Response Day  The Strategic Committee Meeting press conference on Unified Response Day Television broadcast trucks line the street in front of the JCM office at 9:30 a.m. on Unified Response Day

Japanese metalworkers secure major wage increase

26.03.2015

IndustriALL Global Union affiliated Japanese metalworkers’ unions achieved the largest annual wage increase in 16 years in their 2015 Spring Offensive. The Japanese metalworkers submit demands on wages and working conditions every February, and engage in collective bargaining.

The Japanese economy has been suffering from deflation and is in a period of uncertainty. The unions believe that increased salaries will contribute to revitalizing the economy. The Japan Council of Metalworkers’ Unions (JCM) represents members of 50 unions at major companies in the automotive, ICT electrical and electronics, machinery, iron and steel, and shipbuilding industries.

In particular, JCM is emphasizing the following achievements.  

  • All trade unions managed to secure the regular pay raise portion. This is a substantive monthly raise amounting to about 2 per cent (roughly 6,000 yen, or US$50).
  • In addition to the regular pay raise, 97 percent of the unions demanding wage increases were successful in reaching agreements on an additional amount of 2,801 yen. Along with the increase in base salary, this amounts to a total monthly increase of approximately 8,801 yen.
  • Agreements securing average annual bonus payments equivalent to 5.26 months’ pay (a year-on-year increase of 0.1 months) were reached by 33 unions.
  • Agreements securing a 2,004 yen monthly increase to intra-company minimum wages were reached by 24 unions. This also contributes to raising wages for unorganized workers and non-regular workers as well.
  • Regarding the improvement of working conditions for non-regular workers, some unions were also able to draw out positive, concrete answers and cooperative, favorable commitments from management.

In a statement about the results achieved in the 2015 Spring Offensive, JCM declared, “For unions that will elicit replies hereafter as well, we will continue to advance support so that they can soundly win wage increases above the amount secured last year, as has been the case with the responses received thus far.”