Postal union weighs new terms

JIJI

The Japan Post group’s labor union started talks Tuesday on proposed changes to the group’s employment and pay systems.

The Japan Post Group Union will decide whether to accept the proposals Thursday after the discussions at a general meeting being held in the city of Nagano.

One of the proposals calls for introducing a new employee status that is not subject to transfers and has lower salaries than others. Japan Post Holding Co. plans to introduce the new status in fiscal 2014, starting in April.

The other proposal seeks to reduce basic salaries by 20 percent and introduce merit-based pay in order to overhaul the current seniority-oriented pay system.