Japan panel starts last-ditch talks aimed at revising minimum wages
Japan Times -- Jul 21
A subcommittee of the labor ministry’s advisory council on minimum wages started last-minute talks on Monday, with the labor and management sides remaining apart on the issue.

The subcommittee seems certain to call for a smaller wage hike than in the previous year, as the domestic economy is struggling amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The panel may refrain from indicating specific wage levels, observers said.

Annual minimum wage hikes came to around 3 percent in each of the last four years, reflecting a push by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for higher wages.

In fiscal 2019, the nationwide average of minimum hourly wages rose ¥27 from the previous year to ¥901, posting the largest increase ever.

今年度の最低賃金の目安を決める大詰めの審議が20日に開かれましたが、労使間の主張に隔たりが大きく、議論は打ち切られて21日に持ち越しとなりました。  最低賃金の目安を決める厚生労働省の審議は20日午後から約8時間にわたって行われましたが、決着に至りませんでした。最低賃金の目安はこれまで4年連続で3%ずつ引き上げられ、現在は全国平均で時給901円です。今年は新型コロナウイルスの影響から企業側は引き上げの凍結を求めています。厚労省は「労使間の隔たりがかなり大きく、歩み寄りに限界があった」としています。
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