An 18-year-old high school student working part-time at a Saitama Prefecture convenience store has won a dispute with his employer to receive unpaid wages, the union supporting the student announced at a press conference.
According to officials from the Black Baito Union (“baito” or “arubaito” means part-time work), the student had been negotiating with Sunkus, the convenience store he was employed by since January 2015, to be properly paid full wages based on per-the-minute labor, which the store had previously refused, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The convenience store had declined to pay the amount stating its unique policy to not count labor that had been performed within or under 15 minutes. The student was therefore not paid for work he was performing before his regular working hours, which included cleaning the store’s toilet and other duties, he was otherwise requested to conduct. The total unpaid amount was approximately 26,000 yen.
Japan’s Labor Standards Inspection Office had previously instructed companies to calculate wages per minute of labor, a law revision the student and the union referred to during the negotiations.
As a result of the negotiations, the store also promised to provide unpaid wages to all of its 70 employees for the past two years.© Japan Today