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Top court rules against Japan Post denying allowances to fixed-term employees

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On Tuesday, the top court's No. 3 Petty Bench rejected the provision of bonus and retirement payments to nonregular employees of Osaka Medical College and Metro Commerce, a subsidiary of Tokyo Metro Co, which runs the capital's subway system.

The top court had said in June 2018 that whether different treatment is unreasonable should be judged not only by the total pay but by the purpose of each item making up pay and allowances.

It's quite interesting and extraordinary that in a week the supreme court has given different verdicts on the similar cases (though justices in charge were different).

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TIJ! There has always been an ‘us and them’ culture in Japan and there always will be. 60% of the workforce are on these fixed-term or part-time contracts and they are getting legally ripped off by unscrupulous employers exploiting both the legislation and the workers. TIJ!

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Japan Post had appealed the ruling given by the Fukuoka High Court ordering it to pay the nonregular worker about 60,000 yen in compensation

Appalling. This is a government-owned company.

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One step forward...but hard on its heels the step backwards is sure to follow. We can expect plenty more fireworks from the post-covid class struggle in the land of Reiwa.

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Good ruling but in Japan the Diet can over turn this by passing a law that approves of Japan Post and other companies of not paying fixed term and temps the same allowance. Watch next session the Diet will do this.

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Welcome to life under the LDP. This ain't about equality, people.

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Appalling. This is a government-owned company.

The post office was privatized and while the government does hold a large portion of it's stock, it is not the "owner"

The government own 57% or so of the company.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Post

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It's quite interesting and extraordinary that in a week the supreme court has given different verdicts on the similar cases (though justices in charge were different).

The problem is that it is not THE "supreme court" This one is Petty Bench, and not the "saiko-sai" or full court.

There are three petty benches: civil, criminal, and administrative. Which only I believe 5 members of the full court preside over. These cases could, if I recall correctly, be appealed to the full court.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Supreme-Court-of-Japan

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Another day showing inequality of rights...Never understood as for work, the only explanation is company corrupted bosses to exploit socially lower people.

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