Photo/IllutrationCabin attendants who filed for labor tribunal proceedings with the Tokyo District Court attend a news conference at the labor ministry building in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Takashi Yoshida)

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A Tokyo court ruled in favor of three cabin attendants for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who sought to switch from fixed- to indefinite-term employment.

In the Aug. 19 ruling, the Tokyo District Court said the airline's refusal to grant the change of status to the contracted workers was invalid.

The three filed for labor tribunal proceedings with the court, arguing that it was illegal to end their contracts while ignoring their requests.

The Labor Contract Law revised in 2013 stipulates that employers cannot deny requests from contract workers to switch to open-ended contracts if they have worked for the company for more than five years.

Takashi Kajiyama, a lawyer representing the complainants, said, “I believe the court's decision to grant conversion to open-ended employment is the first among cases related to such requests."