Keidanren seeks focus on roles and performance in wage hike talks

The Japan Times 

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, plans to call on member companies to raise wages in line with individual workers' roles and performance instead of doing so across the board, sources said Tuesday. The policy is slated to be included in Keidanren's management-side guidelines for next year's shuntō spring wage talks. The draft guidelines call for efforts to carry out pay raises on the basis of performance and duties, while leaving blanket pay-scale increases as an option for companies seeing favorable business performance. They also emphasize that companies seeing major downturns in earnings due to the coronavirus crisis should "prioritize business continuity and employment protection" in discussions with the labor side. After further discussions, Keidanren will adopt the guidelines in January next year, informed sources said.