Civil servants’ right to strike backed

Kyodo News

A Democratic Party of Japan panel submitted a proposal to the government Wednesday to grant public servants the right to strike under certain conditions and suggested they be allowed to negotiate salaries and other terms of employment.

Government workers are denied the right to strike and their salaries are determined based on recommendations made by the National Personnel Authority in line with prevailing rates in the private sector.

The government plans to allow wage negotiations between government workers and their employers starting in April 2012, after which it intends to confer the right to strike in fiscal 2013 or later.