A group of civil servants is suing the central government over a 7.8% cut in their monthly salaries. They say the salary reduction, which is not based on any recommendation by the National Personnel Authority, is unconstitutional. The NPA recommended only a 0.23% cut in salaries
The pay cut took effect in April. It is part of legislation, pledged last year by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, to cut the salaries of both Diet members and civil servants through March 2014 to show solidarity with cost-cutting efforts and help raise funds to finance reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region.
However, the 241 civil servants said in their suit at the Tokyo District Court that the cost of living has become higher, TBS reported.© Japan Today