Japan: Labor Movement Calls for Minimum Wage Hike

The Welfare Ministry’s Central Minimum Wages Council on July 27 made a recommendation to increase regional minimum hourly wages ranging from 1 yen to 18 yen, a 6 yen increase to 736 yen on average.During the tripartite council’s discussions, in which labor, management and experts took part, the management side was unwilling to raise minimum wages, alleging a negative impact on small- and medium-sized enterprises in the disaster-hit region.

Time to Change the Subject from Fake Political Crisis to Real Economic Crisis

AFL-CIO Executive Council StatementWashington, DCThe United States is in a continuing and severe jobs crisis.