Nippon Keidanren weakens commitment on job security

Revised guidelines have put members of the nation’s largest business group on a collision course with their labor unions during talks next spring over job security and pay hikes.

Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), in its guidelines for the 2009 shunto spring labor-management negotiations released Tuesday, simply said employment is an “extremely important issue” and that companies will “make efforts” to maintain jobs.

The expression marks a retreat from an earlier draft that said “the top priority” should be placed on job security.

The guidelines also ruled out an across-the-industry hike in the pay scale. Nippon Keidanren approved pay increases during shunto negotiations last spring.