- 學苑 (ISSN:13480103)
- vol.868, pp.20-34, 2013-02-01
Non-regular workers have increased rapidly in the Japanese labor market over the past 15 years. The percentage of non-regular employment rose to 35.2% in 2011. Large wage inequality between regular and non-regular workers, and the low wages of non-regular workers have caused serious problems. Under these circumstances, for the past few years, the Worker Dispatching Act and the Labor Contract Act were amended in order to correct the differences in treatment of regular and non-regular workers, in order to bring about equal treatment. The revision of the Part-time Work Act is expected in 2013. These amended laws adopt legal principles that prohibit unequal working conditions for non-regular workers without objective reasons for those differences. However, these laws introduce personnel changes as "objective grounds." Personnel changes, therefore, will be used to justify treating regular workers and non-regular workers differently. In this article, I propose a wage system based on equal pay for work of equal value between regular and non-regular workers as the most reasonable method of eliminating wage inequality.