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Sābisu Zangyō (サービス残業 – Wage Theft)

  • Sābisu Zangyō


    Unfortunately, people around me often do sābisu zangyō (サービス残業).

    Sābisu zangyō is a colloquial term meaning to work overtime without pay, which is known as “wage theft” in English.
    「サービス残業」とは、支払われるべき賃金が支払われない時間外労働の俗称で、英語では “wage theft” などと呼ばれます。

    Since sābisu (サービス) comes from “service” and zangyō means “(working) overtime,” the literal meaning of sābisu zangyō is “service overtime.”
    「サービス」は “service”、残業は “(working) overtime” を意味するので、サービス残業の文字どおりの意味は “service overtime” となります。

    Here, “service” is used to mean something like a volunteer service for the company.

    It is sometimes called sabizan (サビ残) for short.

    A survey by Takushoku University has found that about 40% of Japanese workers are forced to do sābisu zangyō.

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