July 22 the government panel on minimum wage replied: it is hard to give an
estimated figure of an increase and it is right to keep the current level. The
central council has made an unfair decision not to indicate levels of minimum
wage for the fiscal 2020 destined for prefectures of the country.
IS BEING DESTROYED AMID PANDEMIC
an excuse of pandemic
has been proven that disastrous effects hit more severely on the poor, who have
dropped incomes. Ostensibly preferring an ‘employment first direction’,
employers peg minimum wage levels, which is not acceptable.
only in Tokyo and the Kanagawa Prefecture
the minimum wages exceed \1,000 per hour, which are \1,013 and \1,010,
respectively. Only in seven prefectures, including Saitama, Chiba,
Aichi, Osaka and Kyoto, the weighted averages go above \901.
are 17 prefectures where the minimum wages lower the D-rank, \800 per hour,
among which 15 prefectures, including Okinawa,
record \790. Disparity from the figure of Tokyo
counts \223. If it is compared with that of 13 years ago, which was \109, difference
surpasses as twice-strong as much.
wage that does not sustain life
very small number of big businesses obtain colossal profits, piling up
dividends of stocks and expanding internal reserves. Meanwhile, an overwhelming
number of workers face harder lives. Non-regular workers occupy 40% of all the
working population and 60% of them gain less than 3 million Yen annually.
nationwide average minimum wage is calculated as \901; if you are employed under
this condition, you can earn only a little more than \1.73 million per annum.
If you work with an hourly pay of \1,000, the figure is 1.92 million Yen.
Workers are obliged to commit in a double-job or a triple job routine.
to a survey on the minimum earnings and assets, he/she needs \220-250 thousand
monthly in every one of prefectures of the country, if a young man or woman
lives independently (that means \1,500 per hour). Workers flow into
metropolitan areas for this reason, which aggravates local economies. It is
urgently needed to surge minimum wages in order to heighten the standards of
look at examples of foreign countries that assist medium-and-small-seized
businesses to raise minimum wages; during a period of 2013-2015 the government
of France has spent \2.25
trillion, Korea, \980
billion, and the US
government, \880 billion. Meanwhile, the Japanese government has spent 8.7
billion Yen, an extremely small amount. Social movements are immediately required
to force the government to take financial steps to ensure a surge in the
needed along Article 25
laws is necessary along Article 25 of the Constitution, which stipulates that ‘all
people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and
cultured living (the right to survive) and that ‘in all spheres of life, the
State shall use its endeavors for the promotion and extension of social welfare
and security, and of public health’ (obligations of the State).
the recent state’s decisions, local councils on minimum wages in the country will
work for finalization until late August.
political poster of the New Socialist Party for the year 2020 depicts ‘to live
a life’. Let’s commit in the Minimum-Wage Caravans and strengthen negotiation
campaigns with municipality authorities. Let’s correct gaps seen from a
community to another to reach a unified, equal, nationwide norm of minimum wage
so that every worker can earn an appropriate salary if he/she works eight hours
a day. Let’s do our best!