Toyota to offer night time-only shifts

Toyota to offer night time-only shifts

toyotaToyota is hoping to rebalance its factory shifts in Japan, introducing introduce a ‘night-shift-only’ schedule that pays more.

The idea is to make up for child-rearing workers who are increasingly opting for daytime-only shifts.

The daytime-only option was introduced in 2013, mainly for women with children, as part of efforts to promote women in the workplace. But the system created an imbalance, making it more difficult to keep the lines going.

The night time-only shift, which could debut in January, is aimed at correcting the imbalance. The company expects those who prefer to stay at home during the day to care for their families to apply for the option.

The auto giant has already put the idea to its labour union.

Workers will not be forced to do night time-only shifts. The arrangement will be on a volunteer basis; those who take the option will earn a special allowance and will be able to continue for a limited period of three months to prevent health problems.

Many workers currently alternate at Toyota factories. One week their shift begins between 6am and 7am and the next week they start at around 4pm and finish after midnight.

Toyota plans to test the system first on a pilot basis at some factories. After a review period, it will finalise the details.

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