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Employment and Labor Relations

Sound and stable labor relations are an essential foundation for achieving continuous corporate growth.
Toshiba holds labor talks with Toshiba Union, which employees may join, for practical and amicable solutions under three fundamental principles: Labor-management Equality, Mutual Trust and Understanding, and Prior Consultation.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Union will jointly promote, maintain, and improve our businesses and union member's working conditions in order to achieve stable and orderly labor relations.

FY2018 Achievements

Conducted negotiations and discussions with Toshiba Union.

  • Toshiba Group Labor-management Congress (Two times)
  • Measures and structural reform implemented based on the Toshiba Next Plan, our medium-term business plan announced in November 2018

Future Challenges and Approaches

We shall share matters such as business operations and major reorganizations with Toshiba Union. Also, changes in working conditions and other labor-related issues shall be discussed between labor and management. We will continue to hold labor-management talks in accordance with the Labor Agreement.

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Policy on Labor-management Relations

Toshiba supports the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and ensures that its employees have fundamental labor rights, which include respecting freedom of association as a company and the right to collective bargaining.
Cognizant of the fact that formation of a labor union is permitted in Japan, Toshiba Union was established, consisting of employees belonging to the Company. In the Labor Agreement concluded with Toshiba Union, it stipulates that Toshiba Union has the three rights of labor (the right to association, the right to collective bargaining, and the right to act collectively). Toshiba Union was comprised of 12,894 members as of March 31, 2019.
We pay salaries in compliance with the laws and regulations setting the minimum wage in each country.

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Relationship with Toshiba Union

Toshiba maintains a good relationship with Toshiba Union, which represents our employees. Management and the union representatives periodically negotiate and discuss employee working conditions and other matters.
At the Toshiba Group Labor-management Congress held every six months, which is attended by executive management including the CEO, COO and presidents of key Group companies, Toshiba discusses Toshiba Group's business policies with representatives of the Association of Toshiba Group Unions, with which the labor unions of Toshiba and Toshiba Group companies in Japan are affiliated.
Toshiba Group companies overseas hold discussions with their labor unions or employee representatives in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate.

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Promoting Labor-management Dialogue

Toshiba and Toshiba Union conduct various talks to improve labor-management relations and business operations. This includes convening a labor-management council once every six months and holding labor-management meetings with top representatives from both parties based on a spirit of mutual trust, mutual understanding and prior consultation in line with our basic philosophy of labor-management equality.
Matters that are explained to Toshiba Union include management condition and important reorganizations. Specifically, explanations were provided for various measures and structural reforms in our medium-term business plan, Toshiba Next Plan, which was implemented in FY2018.
Large-scale transfers of union members and changes in working conditions are also deliberated between labor and management, and discussions are held whenever reforms in business structure are required, with sufficient time given for both parties to agree.
We will continue to hold labor-management talks in accordance with the Labor Agreement.

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Employees Data

Employment by region and business domain (as of March 31, 2019)
Region Number of employees Business domain Number of employees
Japan 77,973 Energy Systems & Solutions 17,184
China 11,080 Infrastructure Systems & Solutions 41,948
Asia*1& Oceania 29,640 Retail & Printing Solutions 20,232
North America 6,107 Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions 24,165
Central & South America 413 Industrial ICT Solutions 9,143
Europe*2 & Africa 3,484 Others 16,025
Total 128,697 Total 128,697
  • *1 Excluding Japan and China
  • *2 Including Russia

Employment Status Change Over Time (Toshiba Group)

Employment Status Change Over Time (Toshiba Group)

Employment by Gender (Toshiba and key Group companies, as of 31 March, 2019)

Employment by Gender (Toshiba and key Group companies, as of 31 March, 2019)
Employment Status in FY2018 (Joined in April 2019)
Figures in parentheses represents planned figures
  General Staff R&D/Engineer Technical Operator Total
Domestic consolidated 280
(300)
1,010
(1,100)
120
(100)
1,410
(1,500)
Of which, parent alone, etc.*1, 2 130
(120)
400
(400)
20
(30)
550
(550)
  • *1 Including Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation, and Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation.
  • *2 Mid-career employment is implemented as required according to business needs (FY2018: 520 people on a consolidated basis, including 110 on a parent-alone basis, etc.).

Toshiba Corporation has 2,672 employees with an average age of 45.0 years old, an average length of service of 19.8 years and an average annual salary of ¥9,150,895. Starting monthly salary in Japan, which accounts for 60% of employees, is ¥212,500, which is 140% of the minimum wage set by law.

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