Toyota labor unions to demand minimum ¥6,000 pay hike

NAGOYA – The federation of labor unions at Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it plans to make a unified demand for a pay-scale hike of at least ¥6,000 per month during the spring wage talks this year.It will be the Federation of All Toyota Workers’ Union’s biggest request since 2002, when comparable figures were first kept.

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Wages not keeping up with higher consumer prices

Although her husband’s salary increased, a Tokyo woman said she has tightened her family’s purse strings.

“Except for what my child absolutely needs, we have to be frugal in our spending,” the 37-year-old woman said.

Japan’s real wage index was minus 2.8 percent in October compared with the same period in 2013, the 16th straight month the index has fallen below zero, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Dec. 2.

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