Toyota Motor workers did not demand a pay-scale hike this week as Japanese auto unions presented their annual wage demands amid serious deflation and severe employment conditions.
Among other auto unions, the Fuji Heavy Industries [Subaru] union demanded a monthly pay-scale hike of JPY1,000 (US$11.00)
Nissan Motor’s union requested a monthly pay hike of JPY7,000, down JPY3,000 from its demand a year earlier. The company has shifted from an age-based pay scale to individual performance-based wages.
Before the auto unions launched wage negotiations with management for fiscal 2010 starting in April, the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions had already decided not to demand a unified pay-scale hike this year for the first time in five years.
The negotiations will reach a critical stage when major automakers respond to trade union requests on 17 March, Kyodo noted.