Doubt Grows About Japan PM’s Plans Aiding Temporary, Irregular Workers

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irregular 188px-Flag_of_JapanBy Danny Romero — Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s planned reform of the labour market in order to help temporary and irregular workers (temporary, contract, part-time workers, etc.) is facing doubt from experts reports the Financial Times.

The Minister has vowed to produce labour reforms to help irregular workers by March 2017 however; according to officials working on the reform there is growing doubt about how much the reform will actually help these workers.

This is due to Minister Abe being ‘reluctant to risk a political backlash by confronting Japan’s salarymen’ (salaried workers expecting a job for life and seniority pay). This reluctance to touch the privileges of regular staff could impede his plan to fix Japan’s labour market in which staff on irregular contracts may earn 40% less for the same task than regular staff who enjoy jobs for life.

Source: Staffing Industry Analysts Daily Newsfeed

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