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Labor group, business lobby chiefs meet to discuss cap on overtime work

  • February 28, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 3
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The chairmen of Keidanren [Japan Business Federation] and Rengo [Japan Trade Union Confederation] met on Feb. 27 to discuss the regulation of overtime work, which is the main pillar of the government’s work-style reforms, marking the start of labor-management negotiations on this issue. Rengo remains opposed to the ceiling of 100 hours per month during busy periods that the business sector would allow. There is still no sign of compromise between the two sides.

 

Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara and Rengo Chairman Rikio Kozu held a closed door meeting for 30 minutes at a hotel in Tokyo shortly after 3:00 p.m. Neither of them answered reporters’ questions and both simply left in their cars after the meeting.

 

The two officials met in light of the stalemate in the debate on the regulation of overtime work. At first, the government had proposed a ceiling of 100 hours per month during busy periods, but Kozu told a meeting of the Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform (chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) on Feb. 1 that “this is out of the question.” It was hoped that a meeting between Sakakibara and Kozu would lead to a solution, but it appears that they failed to narrow the gap. (Abridged)

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