The authority gives yearly advice to employees of the national government, who are not allowed to negotiate their own salaries. The NPA's recommendation on pay is practically the only chance for them to get salary increases. It directly covers approximately 510,000 national public servants in the non-operational sector. However, it also substantially affects revision of salaries for a total of 4.52 million public servants--about 1.16 million national government employees and about 3.36 million local employees--plus employees of public organs such as special corporations and foundations.
Furthermore, a report published concurrently with the recommendation pointed out the following five tasks. First, expanding opportunities for exchange in and out of the public sector by consolidating conditions for exchange with the private sector. Second, assuring capable and experienced researchers to envigorate research activities and to reflect their research work in their salaries. Third, ensuring fewer transfers and alleviating economic and psychological burdens for transferees. Fourth, examining duty hours in consideration of smooth operations of public services and staff members' health and welfare and vacations for volunteer work. Fifth, measures to deal with the elderly in public services. Of the five tasks, in relation to measures to deal with the elderly the report stressed the need to keep public servants on the payrolls until they reach the age of 65. The NPA will set the mandatory retirement age at 60 and will study adoption of a system of re-employing public servants until the age of 65. Within a year, it will publish the framework of the system, which needs to be implemented in a phased manner starting 2001 when the revised national pension scheme will go into effect, the report said.
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