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Shifting Boundaries of the FirmJapanese Company - Japanese Labour$
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Mari Sako

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268160.001.0001

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Harmonization versus Differentiation, Employment Security versus Labour Flexibility

Harmonization versus Differentiation, Employment Security versus Labour Flexibility

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(p.210) 8 Harmonization versus Differentiation, Employment Security versus Labour Flexibility
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Shifting Boundaries of the Firm
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Mari Sako (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268160.003.0009

This chapter examines the impact of unions' structure and strategy on specific labour outcomes. In particular, the results of Shunto wage bargaining rounds are analysed for specific roren federations at Toyota, Nissan, and Matsushita. There is systematic evidence that the dispersion in settlements has increased over time in all cases. The chapter also examines how increasingly diverse working conditions were introduced, with specific reference to the Matsushita Group and the NTT Group. In both cases, there is a clear trade-off between retaining lifetime employment and retaining income security.

Keywords:   union strategy, union structure, Shunto wage bargaining, Toyota, Nissan, Matsushita, NTT Group, lifetime employment

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