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Action Policies 2018-2019


Securing of high-quality employment and expansion of safety net

1.RENGO will strive to realize the "basic act on employment" (provisional title), which embraces the ideal nature of employment and working, by stipulating that the fundamental principle of employment is "direct employment without a specific period."

2.Regarding the employment insurance system, RENGO will work to increase the basic allowance and call on the government to return the ratio of government’s contribution to that stipulated in the main rules. In addition, aiming to establish a safety net for multi-job holders (those who have multiple part-time jobs under several employees), RENGO will make efforts to apply the employment insurance system to a wider range of workers, with application of the system to all employed workers taken as a given.

3.With respect to the review of the criteria for accreditation of workmen’s accidents, RENGO will summarize its opinion and put forth efforts to realize the review as early as possible in order to cope with new issues, including brain and heart diseases attributable to overwork and mental disorders caused by excessive stress.

Promotion of efforts to "raise and support working conditions" and "reduce disparities in working conditions," and horizontal expansion of working conditions

4.Through SHUNTO and other full-year labor-management consultations, RENGO will endeavor to realize "correction of long working hours," "the work style from the workers’ standpoint," and propel efforts to "raise and support working conditions" and "correct disparities in working conditions."

(1)Taking account of the fact that the labor shortage and the advancement in telecommunications technology are bringing considerable changes to the society and economy, RENGO will redouble its efforts to realize "the work style from the workers’ standpoint," including ensuring the work life balance, provision of choices of work styles based on individual needs, and realization of fair working conditions according to each worker’s way of working, through labor-management consultations.

(2)RENGO will strive to raise and support working conditions and correct disparities in corporate scales, forms of employment, and gender for all workers.

(3)RENGO will propel horizontal expansion by enriching information disseminated in and outside of RENGO organization. In addition, RENGO will continue efforts to foster cooperation with local parties concerned with the aim of ensuring that SHUNTO is executed in a manner open to the society.

Raising the minimum wage to proper level as a compensation for work

5.RENGO will enhance its efforts to raise the minimum wage to a proper level as compensation for work.

(1)RENGO will endeavor to raise wages by expanding the number of the Minimum Wage Agreement in Enterprise concluded and increasing the standard of the wages.

(2)RENGO will strive to significantly increase legal minimum wages in respective locations to levels that can function for supporting minimum wages and serve effectively as a safety net.

(3)With regard to legally defined special (industry-specific) minimum wages, RENGO will endeavor to realize the standard that can have influence on the primary wage of workers in each industry through the initiative of labor and management in the industry in question and will strive to establish new special minimum wages in industries and sectors where no such wage standards previously existed.

Establishment of work rules with the goal of realizing decent work

6.RENGO will work together with the affiliates and RENGO local organizations to prevent introduction of the settling system over dismissal with money which may induce unfair or unreasonable dismissal.

7.RENGO will mount a "From Agreement to Law" campaign. RENGO will encourage each affiliate to set a maximum number of overtime hours per year with respect to companies with Article 36 Agreements with a special provision at as close to the designated 360 hours as possible. In addition, RENGO will put forth efforts to promote the conclusion of labor-management agreements and labor collective agreements to redress long working hours through introduction of standards for minimum time between shifts (as a rule, 11 hours) and other approaches.

8.With the aim of improving working conditions of non-regular workers, RENGO will work to amend 3 laws, including the Labor Contract Law, Part-Time Workers Law, and Worker Dispatching Law in order to realize working conditions equivalent to those for regular workers.

9.With regard to the Labor Standards Law, RENGO will work to make it thoroughly understood by all workers in all workplaces, with the aim of realizing the amendment to the provision of upper limit for overtime work and other provisions as soon as possible, proper grasp and management of working hours, and optimization of the Article 36 Agreement.

10.RENGO will verify the current state of countermeasures implemented by the government to prevent karoshi (death from overwork) based on the Law on the Promotion of Countermeasure to Prevent Death from Overwork and will call on the government to take more effective measures. In addition, RENGO will strive to make all workers in all workplaces familiar with the month designated to raise awareness of preventing death from overwork and other similar campaigns.

11.Aiming to protect workers working under "ambiguous employment" conditions, RENGO will work to grasp the actual status and consider how the laws should be organized, including payment of compensation and ensuring safety and health, and to realize the development.

12.RENGO will strive to inform workers of the content of laws related to prevention of employment before shifting to indefinite-term employment. RENGO will disseminate information to support workers at workplaces without labor unions.

13.RENGO will reconsider the collective labor-management relationship and measures to protect workers in every kind of business reorganization, such as business transfer, amalgamation, and M&A, and work to legislate such relationship and measures.

14.Aiming to forge the collective labor-management relationship, RENGO will endeavor to optimize the majority representative system by enforcing stricter selection of representatives of the majority and to explore the possibility of codifying the worker representative system into law.

15.RENGO will work to amend acts related to the labor relations from the perspective of workers protection in response to any revision to the Japanese Civil Code (Law of Obligations).

16.With regard to division of the roles and functions of Individual Labor Dispute Resolution System, RENGO will put forth efforts to review and enhance the System by improving the Labor Tribunal System and other approaches. 

Reconstruction after the earthquake disaster and measures against Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

17.RENGO will call on the government to eliminate mismatches in employment in disaster-affected areas. It will also call for promotion, in an integrated manner, of job creation measures and occupational development that are linked to industrial policies and that will support the regions in question into the future.

18.For the next 30 – 40 years expected to be spent on the decommissioning of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, a wide range of workers, from engineers to workers on the ground, are required, and therefore, RENGO will press the government to enact policies and measures for strengthening protection of safety and health of workers in terms of managing dose exposure and other matters and securing workers in the medium to long term.

Enhancement of measures related to occupational safety and health

19.RENGO will continue to engage in efforts in all workplaces regardless of the business scale, including action to improve workplace conditions by the Health and Safety Committee and expansion of the scope of the chemical substances risk assessment, based on the "RENGO actions related to the ‘Revised Industrial Safety and Health Act’" with the aim of solving issues in workplaces revealed by the Stress Check System.

20.RENGO will call on the government to enact the 13th industrial accident prevention plan, which is scheduled to be launched in the fiscal 2018, after verifying the results of the 12th industrial accident prevention plan and strive to steadfastly enforce the plan. At the same time, RENGO will set forth its guidelines for actions (a 5-year plan).

21.Aiming steadfastly take measures to prevent power harassment, RENGO will work to enshrine the measures in law and propel efforts to inform its members of the measures and enlighten them about the measures within the RENGO organization by hosting seminars and other approaches.

22.Aiming to develop rules for handling workers’ health information contributable to boosting effectiveness of the measures to improve health in workplaces, RENGO will shape its attitude.

Enhancement of measures for young people, older people, persons with disabilities, and foreign workers

23.Taking the Act on Promotion of Employment for Young People into consideration, RENGO will call on the government to steadfastly take measures on middle-aged and elderly part-time workers who have continued working as non-regular employees since the hard time for job seekers, as well as engage in developing workplace environment which enables young people to keep working.

24.Aiming to ensure that working environment is friendly to the elderly, RENGO will call on the government to enact obligations with respect to optimum staffing and accommodation based on what the working conditions for elderly workers are supposed to be and their physical and health conditions.

25.RENGO will work to promote the employment of persons with disabilities, including persons with mental disabilities, and realize workplaces that comply with the provisions of the law obligating reasonable accommodation through labor-management consultations. In addition, RENGO will engage in steadfastly raising the employment rate of persons with disabilities starting in April 2018.

26.With regard to foreign workers, RENGO will urge the government not to easily provide residential status and work qualification, as well as call for strict operation of systems based on the Law for the Technical Intern Training Program.

Promotion of human resources development and capacity building

27.With regard to vocational capacity development promoted by the Japanese government, RENGO will request the government to provide comprehensive career development support in the form of support for expansion of internal training by companies, which is jointly planned by companies, industrial organizations, and trade unions, and in the form of increased public occupational training opportunities as part of the employment safety net.

28.Aiming to deal with the rapidly changing industrial structure, RENGO will urge the Japanese government to support capacity building of individual workers by enriching the content of support of training for job seekers and practical education and training for professional workers, as well as strengthen support for companies by calling on the government to establish human resources development programs, designing support programs for human resources development that will provide support all across Japan, including consultation services and services for introducing educational institutions, and through any other approaches.