On the Breadline in Japan's Public Sector
Yuriko Watanabe and Noriko Seyama,
Representatives of the National Women's Network on Non-Regular Government Employees (Hamu-Net)
11:00-12:00 Monday, August 1, 2022
Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.
Labor researchers say about 80% of Japan's public sector workers are living near the poverty line, earning an average of ¥2.5 million ($18,305) or less annually. And an astonishing 40% of these workers are suffering from poor mental health, due largely to a shift toward less secure, part-time work over the past few decades, according to the National Women's Network on Non-Regular Government Employees, or Hamu-Net. Local governments in Japan depend on more than 1.2 million of these workers, nearly 80% of whom are women, according to ministry data.
Our speakers will report on the results of their eye-opening survey of labor conditions among public sector workers. They plan to submit these results to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in September and to demand reforms in Japan. Last year, the same group submitted a report on serious labor issues concerning non-regular civil servants. They say declining pay and worsening workplace conditions must be tackled, and soon.
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