Japan Post’s union to seek equal pay for equal work

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Postal Group Union, the biggest corporate labor union in Japan, will request equal pay for equal work in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, informed sources have said.

The union of the Japan Post Group, led by Japan Post Holdings Co., will request the management to pay nonregular workers benefits that have been limited to regular workers, such as those to cover housing expenses, and compensate for work during the year-end and New Year holiday period.

The union, which has about 240,000 members, will seek a monthly pay scale hike of ¥6,000 on average. The same amount will be requested for contract workers paid by the month, the sources said.

As for bonuses, the union will demand an annual amount equivalent to 4.3 months’ salary, the sources also said.

The salary and bonus requests will be unchanged from last year.

The union plans to make its final decision on the requests at a two-day central committee meeting from Feb. 15 and submit them to the management side later this month.

In the group, mail and parcel delivery unit Japan Post Co. suffers from a manpower shortage, particularly in busy periods including around the turn of the year.

“We aim to realize equal pay for equal work,” a union executive said, adding that the union will request the management to pay nonregular workers the benefits limited to regular employees, except for those paid only to regular workers for proper reasons.Speech

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