July 21, 2018

Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early (Straitstimes)

Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early (Straitstimes)

A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours – but only for around three minutes to buy lunch.

The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, began his designated lunch break early 26 times over the space of seven months, according to a city spokesman.

“The lunch break is from noon to 1pm. He left his desk before the break,” the spokesman told AFP on Thursday (June 21).  The official, 64, had half a day’s pay docked as punishment and the bosses called a news conference to apologise.

“It’s deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We’re sorry,” a bureau official told reporters, bowing deeply.

The worker was in violation of a public service law stating that officials have to concentrate on their jobs, according to the bureau. Read more

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