Takatsuki City to Appeal Yet Again After Osaka High Court Rules On "Takatsuki AET Graduation Incident"

this is fineOn March 19th, 2015, two General Union members who were employed by the Takatsuki City Board of Education to assist with English language activities at city elementary schools were refused permission by the Board of Education to attend their students' graduation ceremonies.

Over the three-and-a-half years since then, the fight over this surprising incident has moved from the Osaka Prefectural Labor Commission to the Osaka District Court, and then once again to the Osaka High Court.

On September 7th, 2018, the Osaka High Court handed down its ruling (PDF): 

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In a nutshell, the High Court overturned the initial decision of the Lower Court and upheld the Prefectural Labor Commission's unfair labor practice relief order.

The ruling acknowledged both the exclusion of the General Union members from the graduation ceremonies and the Board of Education's "explanation of the reasons" given to Takatsuki City Council as unfair labor practices.

While this verdict is clearly a total victory for both the Labor Commission and the General Union (and a total loss for Takatsuki City), one point in particular deserves special attention:

In several parts of the ruling, there are statements made to the effect that "Takatsuki City should be able to easily back up their claims with evidence - yet, they have not done so. Therefore Takatsuki City's claims cannot be accepted".

Or, in less diplomatic words: Takatsuki City might be lying.

Although this is a clear condemnation of the city's attitude and assertions, even so, Takatsuki City is seeking to appeal again!

Of course, Takatsuki City has the legal right to appeal to the Supreme Court - but the city has already spent more than five million yen of public money on their so-called "AET problem", rather than accepting fault.

However, they still say they will pour even more public money onto the flames, with the ultimate goal of taking the issue to the Supreme Court!

It goes without saying, but the General Union will not give up the fight until Takatsuki City finally accepts responsibility for its actions.

Takatsuki City has anyway already been caught lying - "aiming to appeal" is just piling shame on top of shame.

We'll see the results of the city's latest round of adventurism in a few months.

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