Japan will start a new system to guarantee equal pay for equal work in fiscal 2019 after drawing up related guidelines by fiscal 2018, a draft of its forthcoming "dynamic society" plan showed Friday. The plan, expected to be adopted at a Cabinet meeting on May 31, will include a mid- to long-term timetable on the government's policy of creating a society in which everyone plays an active role. The guidelines for corporate officials in charge of labor management will exemplify specific cases in which pay differences between regular and nonregular workers are justified. Also during fiscal 2018, the government will aim to submit bills to revise laws on labor contracts, part-time employment and temporary staffing. The dynamic society plan will also include measures to shore up the birth rate.
The government plans to draw up by the end of this year guidelines aimed at increasing wages of nonregular workers to some 80 percent of those of regular employees, sources said Tuesday. It aims to submit necessary legislation to give legal backing to the guidelines to next year's ordinary session of the Diet, the sources said. By increasing wages of nonregular workers that currently stand at some 60 percent of those earned by regular workers, the government hopes to stimulate personal spending, other sources said. At a meeting on Tuesday of the Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform, the government started full-fledged work on achieving its goal of ensuring equal pay for equal work. "Wage gaps between regular and nonregular workers that are especially wide at major companies need to be rectified," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the meeting.