the essential A Japanese train driver decided to sue his employer who withheld 0, 43 euro from his salary as a sanction . His convoy had arrived a minute late.
The driver filed a complaint earlier this year against the West Japan Railway Company (JR West), one of Japan’s leading rail carriers, which fined him for malpractice, a one-minute delay, in June. 2020, Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported. He claims 2.2 million yen (16. 815 euros) in damages for the moral prejudice caused by this ordeal, specifies the newspaper.
The driver had to move an empty train to a siding at Okayama Station in western Japan, but the platform was wrong. This error delayed the change of conductor, and the train left the station and arrived at the depot one minute later than expected. The company argues that it was appropriate to withhold this error from the employee’s salary, arguing that no work had been done during that time.
“The reason this case has been brought to justice is due to a difference in how to interpret” the cause of the delay, said a spokesperson for JR West, noting that the company had applied its rule “no work, no pay “. For his part, the employee argues that the delay in question stems from a minor human error and not from an absence during his working time.
The Japanese rail system, renowned for its efficiency and punctuality, is regularly cited as an example around the world.