Court orders JR west to pay 40 cents of docked wage to train driver who caused one-minute delay

source: JR West twitter

A Japanese court ordered West Japan Railway to posthumously return 56 yen (0.40 euros) to one of its train drivers on Tuesday. This amount had been deducted from the pay over a one-minute delay in 2020, for which the train driver sued his employer.

The Okayama District Court ruled that the pay cut by the Okayama branch of the operator known as JR West was unjustified, reports Japanese news agency Kyodo. The train drivers’s additional claim for 2.2 million yen in compensation for ’emotional distress’ was dismissed.

In March 2021, the man sued his employer, but died of an illness earlier this year.

Wrong platform

According to the complaint, while on duty at JR Okayama Station in June 2020, the train driver waited at the wrong platform for an empty train which he was tasked to move to the depot, causing the task to be completed one to two minutes late.

The railway company claims that the driver was not actually working while waiting. The train driver argued that he was not at fault, but that it was only a question of human error. Moreover, he stated that the delay did not mess up the timetable.

JR West initially wanted to deduct 85 yen from the train driver’s salary. This was reduced by only 45 yen following advice from the Okayama labor standards inspection office. The driver was not satisfied with that, not only claiming the 45 yen, but also wanting compensation of 2.2 million yen from JR West, a mere 16,000 euros.

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Author: Esther Geerts


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