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Peppy Kids Club
fires branch chair - union moves into action
Osaka University to
introduce 5 year limit for PT teachers. Others to follow?
Labour contract law
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ECC teachers demand
job security, pay rises
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Peppy Kids Club fires branch chair - union moves
eight years of service, the chair of our newly formed union branch at
Peppy English Kids Club has been fired for union activity. The company
will claim it is a simple case of “contract non-renewal” for poor
performance amongst other things, but after eight years and eight
consecutive contracts, the union strongly believes it is an illegal firing
under Japanese Trade Union Law.
However, the firing has not had the intended effect. Even more
teachers at the company have joined the union out of disgust with the
actions of management in dismissing the branch chair.
Osaka University to introduce 5 year limit for PT
teachers. Others to follow?
The General Union, along with other trade unions and individual teachers
has been informed by Osaka University that it intends to amend its working
rules from next April to include a five year limit for its part-time
teachers. Ironically, the reason given by the university for
introducing the limit is the passage through the Diet in August of this
year of a law aimed at increasing security of employment of workers on
limited term contracts.
Labour Contract Law amendments
The Labour Contract Law has been revised to deal with the expanded use of
contract workers in Japanese society. Very basically, the change
stipulates that after five years work, your employer has an obligation to
make you permanent if you ask. We’re worried that it will be used to get
rid of workers before they have a chance to work five years.
Working in an elementary, junior or senior high
many years the General Union has had members at Elementary, Junior High
and High Schools. More recently, the situation has become dire with a
large number of consultations from private schools in particular. The
falling number of school age students has led to a savage competition
between schools, in particular private schools. School administrations
have attempted to compete by-and-large by asking for longer hours and more
commitment from teachers, while at the same time often worsening pay and
ECC teachers demand job security, pay rises
Peppy Kids Club doesn’t have the national profile of some other players in
the language industry, they have been on the union’s radar for quite a few
years. They are an expanding chain with over 400 native English-speaking
teachers and more than 1600 Japanese teachers. They have classrooms all
across Japan and almost 100,000 students.
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