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IKEA Japan plans to overhaul workforce to promote equality among staff

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The Japanese division of Swedish furniture chain IKEA recently announced that they will make large changes to their job descriptions including the elimination of fixed-term contracts for part-time workers.

The new job descriptions are said to begin this September and aim to create equal treatment for their 3,400 employees in Japan. Reports suggest that they may raise the salaries of all part-time staff who make up 70% of the company’s work force.

IKEA Japan said that they were interviewing both part-time and full-time workers to make their decisions. One such change is reported to be the end of six-month contracts that part-timers currently enter into when joining the company. Also, the most popular shop to buy a Bjursta is intending to change the hourly wage of part-time workers to be more in line with the salary of full-time workers.

Most people who heard about the announcement were skeptical about the retailer’s true intentions with these changes. “In other words, employees can be fired at any time now,” wrote one netizen. Others wondered where the money would come from to pay for these changes writing, “no bonuses anymore” and “I guess this means even cheaper plywood furniture that breaks easily.”

However, some took IKEA Japan at its word and offered words of support such as “I’m going to IKEA from now on.” and “It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on sales.”

A spokesperson from IKEA told Asahi Shimbun, “We aren’t lowering the salary of full-time workers, so that means we will be raising the wages of part-time staff.”

However, we will have to see this autumn whether IKEA’s move is purely in the best interests of their Japanese staff or if netizens’ suspicions of shady dealings are correct.

Source: Asahi Shimbun via Hachima Kiko

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yep we wont pay bonuses anymore but well pay everbody 800yen/hr, oh and well give you fulltime job as long as we can fire you at anytime. cheers

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Only when Japan understands that the workforce is WHAT makes the company, then they can truly be a fair game player. As long as they put profits and margins ahead of the staff, Japan will never become a global giant as they once were. The 80s was a long time ago.

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Ikea should pack all theirbstores and go back to sweeden. I bough a table for flat tvs and in 6 months bended like rubber. Also bought something made of stainless steel. It fell to the ground and i discovered that my fancy stainless steel table was made of paper ibside

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overchan, if you had genuine product quality problems I hope you complained to Ikea and got some satisfaction from them. But it does not seem fair to complain about the materials used when they are clearly stated in the product descriptions, for instance for the Sanfrid table they state: Product description Filling: Paper Frame: Fiberboard, Particleboard, Laminate (melamine foil) Table top: Stainless steel

I have never had the chance to visit an Ikea store as there are none close enough. For a brick and mortar we are stuck with Nitori, but am reluctant to go back as had unfortunate experiences with defective hinges for a cabinet etc. that caused us a lot of wasted time and inconvenience.

On the issue of employment practices though, I hope these moves by IKEA truly turn out to give more stability to the workers and make it a company where people with a conscious feel good about shopping at.

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