This year's shunto will virtually start at the Keidanren and Union meeting on the 26th.

As the spread of the new coronavirus continues for a long time and uncertainty about the future of the Japanese economy grows stronger, negotiations between labor and management will be held over how much employment can be maintained and wages can be raised.

This year's shunto will virtually start at a labor-management forum attended by Keidanren and Union executives.

The Union has a policy of requesting a wage increase of about 2% as a portion equivalent to a "base increase" that raises the basic salary on the premise of maintaining employment.

He said that the lives of workers are becoming difficult due to the spread of the new corona infection, and he calls for improving the treatment of so-called "essential workers" and non-regular workers who work in medical care, long-term care, and logistics.

On the other hand, Keidanren says, "It is not realistic to consider side-by-side industries and uniform wage increases for each company" while the infection cannot be expected to converge.

On top of that, for companies whose business performance is deteriorating, the highest priority is to maintain business and employment, and he is cautious about raising wages, saying that it is difficult to raise the base.

As the spread of the infection becomes more uncertain about the future of the Japanese economy, negotiations between labor and management will be held over the maintenance of employment and the extent to which wages can be raised in this spring battle. ..

Some companies have introduced a system that determines wages based on results rather than base-up.

Regarding the spring battle, which is becoming more uncertain about the future of corporate performance, the top executives of major chemical manufacturers said that it would be difficult to raise the base of wages uniformly, and wages were based on roles and achievements rather than seniority. He says that he wants to motivate employees by deciding.

Mitsubishi Chemical, a major chemical manufacturer, will introduce a new personnel system for all employees from April, which will determine the treatment based on roles and achievements, as the outlook for business performance is becoming more uncertain due to the prolonged infection. I decided that.

In October last year, this company introduced a system called "job type" for managers to determine wages based on their achievements.

The new system for general employees is similar to this "job type", and wages are determined according to the degree of achievement of a given goal.

The aim is to motivate employees and enhance the competitiveness of the company by deciding treatment according to evaluation rather than "seniority system" in which salary increases according to years of service.

Masayuki Waga, president of Mitsubishi Chemical, said, "It is difficult to raise the wages of all employees by raising the base because the economic outlook is difficult. By reviewing the seniority system, the motivation of employees will increase and excellent human resources will gather. Isn't it? "

Expert “Medium-term discussion with a view to the convergence of corona”

Regarding the outlook for this spring battle, Mr. Hisashi Yamada, a senior researcher at the Japan Research Institute, who is familiar with employment issues, said, "The impact of the new corona has caused large variations in business performance by company and industry. While wage increases will be discussed, the tough industry will focus on how to protect employment. "

After that, "I would like you to discuss how to protect employment in society as a whole, such as" human resources sharing, "which temporarily dispatches human resources from industries with difficult performance to industries with labor shortages. Even if it is tough, there is a need for medium-term discussions on how to grow a company in order to raise wages after the corona converges, "he said. Labor-management negotiations should be held flexibly without being bound by precedent. I pointed out.