Three days off every four days working without salary reduction to employees of Uniqlo



21 August 2015

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The Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo  intends to propose to some of its employees in Japan to work only four days a week so that they can devote the remaining three days in their young children or elderly parents, reported today a spokesman of the group.

“Our goal is to attract staff and keep it,” he said speaking to AFP.
The trade sector in Japan is experiencing serious difficulties in finding employees and the demand is very great. Many shops post in their windows with ads which ask staff.
According to the Ministry of Labour, in June (the month for which data are available) the proportion of labor supply and demand was 119 to 100, something unprecedented for two decades. In recent months the unemployment rate in Japan stands at 3.4%.
Women are reluctant to commit to a full time position or remain for a long time at work because of family responsibilities they have for their children or to care their elderly parents.
The system of 4-day work, which according to the proposal of the group will be effective in October, it will be accompanied by a reduction of wages, because in the days of work of Commercial opening hours will be extended to 10 hours instead of 8. In addition, the day off will given within the week so that the branches have sufficient staff on weekends are busy days.
Initially the proposal Uniqlo will cover about 10,000 employees in more than 840 stores in Japan.
After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, many companies have chosen to increase the days off for their employees, but then returned to the former regime and give only two days off per week.

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