Nippon Express to Pay Equal Wages to Regular, Nonregular Workers

Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--Major logistics company Nippon Express Co. <9062> will raise the wage levels of its nonregular workers, including contract workers, to equal those of its regular employees in April, officials said Tuesday.

The hike will affect several thousand employees working full time as drivers and sales and other staff.

The move is expected to draw attention as a pioneering effort to shift to an equal-pay-for-equal-work system, which will be obligated from April 2020 under the work-style reform legislation enacted last year.

Nippon Express has around 40,000 employees. Regular workers are made up of career-track employees who may be transferred to other parts of the country and regional employees hired in each prefecture.

The company will improve wages and welfare benefits of nonregular workers engaged in the same work as regional employees so that the levels between the two types of employees will become equal.

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