As the government calls on the business community to cooperate in raising wages by more than 3% in preparation for this spring battle, Keidanren's basic policy, which will serve as a guideline for management, has been officially announced, and a positive policy for raising wages has been announced. It was decided.
In preparation for the spring battle, which will virtually start at the end of this month, Prime Minister Kishida said that companies whose business performance has recovered to pre-Corona levels due to the realization of "new capitalism" will raise wages by more than 3%. We are seeking cooperation from the world.
Under these circumstances, Keidanren announced on the 18th the basic policy of the spring battle, which will guide the management side.
According to this, it is important to make wage decisions that are suitable for the actual situation of each company, and it is desirable to consider social expectations as well, as the corona sickness is prolonged and the variation in business performance is widening. It is said that.
Regarding the basic salary of companies whose profits are expanding, he said, "It is desirable to raise wages suitable for launching a new capitalism, including the implementation of a base-up to raise the basic salary." It is also possible to consider including a wide range of directions. "
In addition, raising wages for small and medium-sized enterprises is also important, and large companies are calling for boosting wage increases by optimizing transaction prices.
Keidanren's policy for the spring fight last year was limited to the expression that base-up was an "option" due to the spread of the infection, but it was decided to come up with a positive policy for raising wages.
Keidanren Vice Chairman “Should be considered for social expectations”
Regarding the policy of this spring battle, Tetsuji Ohashi, vice chairman of labor policy at Keidanren, said at a meeting on the 18th, "I had not been vaccinated during the last spring battle, and I was watching what the economy would be like. In Europe and the United States, the economy is moving and Japanese companies are also able to export in the form of being pulled by it. I think the view of the economy is different. "
He added, "There is a strong sense of crisis among business owners that wage levels must be improved as a whole. When considering" sustainable capitalism, "it is important to take a social perspective." He said that companies with good performance should consider social expectations for wage increases.
Last year, we are cautious about raising wages uniformly for each company.
Keidanren has announced a positive policy to raise wages for the seventh consecutive year since 2014, as the Abe administration, which aims to break out of deflation, urged wage increases and was also called the so-called "government-made spring battle."
In line with Prime Minister Abe's desire to realize a "3% wage increase" in 2018, we have put together a policy that incorporates an unusual numerical target that calls on companies to consider a 3% wage increase.
For the seven years from 2014 to the end of the year, the monthly wage increase rate of large companies has been maintained at a level of over 2% every year.
However, due to the spread of the new coronavirus, companies whose business performance has deteriorated in the spring battle last year gave top priority to maintaining business and employment, and stated that "it is difficult to raise the base to raise the basic salary." He showed a cautious policy to raise wages uniformly for each company.
Last year's monthly wage increase rate was only 1.84%, falling below 2% for the first time in eight years.
Although the world economy has fallen sharply due to the corona disaster, economic activities have been normalized due to the progress of vaccination, and the performance of Japanese listed companies has recovered mainly in the manufacturing industry, supported by the recovery of exports and production. Have been seen.
However, due to the rapid increase in demand, the turmoil in the distribution network, and the rise in raw material and energy prices due to unseasonable weather, there have been a series of movements to raise the prices of products and services. It has become.
Under such circumstances, Prime Minister Kishida took office in October last year.
In order to materialize the "virtuous cycle of growth and distribution" toward the realization of "new capitalism" that we advocate, we sought cooperation from the business community with a wage increase of over 3%.
While labor productivity and real wage growth per employee remain at a lower level than in other developed countries in Europe and the United States, what kind of stance will be taken by the business community to raise wages in preparation for this spring battle? Was the focus.Keywords: