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PSI-Japan Council lobbies to promote women’s empowerment

15 March 2016
Ten people (seven women and three men) representing the All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union, the Japan Public Sector Union and All Japan Water Supply Workers Union participated in the lobbying activity. The move was part of the Women’s Committee’s activities relating to the 8th of March.

Women's Committee of the Public Services International (PSI) lobbied the government, political parties and the Japanese Parliamentarian League on the ILO Activities on March 3 to ensure that employers promote women’s empowerment in an appropriate manner under new legislation.

Under the law aimed at promoting women’s empowerment that has now come into force, all local governments and private companies with at least 301 employees are mandated to draw up action plans on women’s empowerment by the end of March. The Women’s Committee urged that action plans on each category of workers, including non-regular workers, be assessed and that a work-life balance be taken into account.

In response, an official of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said, “The government will try to ensure transparency, but it is necessary for outsiders to verify whether employers have drawn up action plans and to assess their contents.”

A representative of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) responded that the party “needs to ask the government questions about the issue in relevant Diet committees and urge the government to ensure that employers work out action plans that also cover non-regular workers.”

Based on the request by the Women’s Committee, the DPJ will ask the government questions on the issue during a House of Representatives Cabinet Committee session and in deliberations commissioned (in other relevant committees) by the House of Councillors Budget Committee.

 

【PSI日本加盟組合が国際女性デーの取り組みとして政府等要請を行った】


 PSI加盟組合日本協議会(PSI-JC)女性委員会は、3月3日(木)に、3.8国際女性デーの取り組みとして政府、政党、ILO議員連盟への要請行動を行い、自治労、国公連合、全水道から10人(女性7人・男性3人)が参加した。

 いわゆる「女性活躍推進法」の成立により、すべての自治体および従業員301人以上の民間企業において、3月末日までに「事業主行動計画」の策定が義務付けられている。JC女性委員会は、「行動計画の策定にあたっては、非正規労働者も含めて雇用管理区分ごとに調査することや、ワーク・ライフ・バランスの観点を取り入れること

を要請した。

 厚生労働省からは、「政府としても『見える化』に努めていくが、行動計画が策定されているか、内容はどうかなど外側からのチェックなど周りからの検証が必要

、また、民主党からは、「非正規労働者も含めた行動計画となるよう、各種委員会で質問を行い、政府に求めていく必要がある」との答弁がされた。

 今回の要請に基づいて民主党は、衆議院内閣委員会や、参議院の予算委員会委嘱審査において、政府に対する質問が行われることとなった。


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