Scandalous! GU sues gov't over health & pension
is the only word that comes to mind. At a time when the government has
raised the consumption tax to deal with future social security needs,
millions of workers across the country are denied the right to be enrolled
in shakai hoken (health and pension insurance) by the very government that
foresees future shortfalls.
We can understand that private companies don’t want to enroll, but why
doesn’t the government follow its own rules and force enrollment? To this
end, the General Union has now sued the government for failure to enforce
its own laws and allow part time workers to finally be enrolled in shakai
Taking back our rights! Open meeting for private
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
launched at Peppy Kids Club
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.
members gear up for third annual 'hands off our koma' campaign
is the time of the year when major private universities are planning
changes in curricula and classes for the 2013 academic year. For the last
couple of years the General Union has been declaring part-time members at
these universities and submitting demands for no-reduction in the number
of koma or worsening of working conditions for General Union members.
Strike vote FIRST. THEN negotiate
week, the union had a great round of negotiations at one of the workplaces
We can't put out all the details yet, but we can tell you a little. One
member was stuck in a situation where the employer was unfairly trying to
reduce his pay by 20% and put him on a part time contract because he had
reached 60 years old.Story
Panasonic Excel members demand job security
and pay increases
Union working at Panasonic Excel have submitted new demands for collective
bargaining and hope to begin negotiations in July. Teachers joined the
union in 2002 when they had unilaterally been moved from one employer to
another inside the then Matsushita group and suffering a massive paycut.
The new union branch was able to win back some of the cut wages for a
short period but we have never been able to win back the cuts have never
been beat and a wage freeze has been in place since.Story
Kansai Gaidai teachers form new union
Can you imagine having to
reapply for your own job after having completed five years, and when you
reapply, you cannot even mention that you are a current employee?
Can you imagine being rehired after five
years just to have your pay cut back to first year conditions?
ECC teachers demand permanent contracts
importance of the teacher is often overlooked by language school
operators. Teachers are viewed as short-term employees, with an unlimited
supply. Companies forget that teachers are their main resource.
working as independent contractors at Gaba, or on yearly employment
contracts at ECC, or part-time lecturing at universities, teachers
industry-wide share similar concerns -- the lack of job security. Story
Health and Pension
Insurance. So who can't be enrolled?
General Union’s opinion, if you are not in one of the below categories,
you must be enrolled.
ECC typhoon: Not safe for
students, but safe for staff?
in the Kinki and Chubu districts were cancelled due to safety concerns for
students. However, the safety of staff and teachers in the Kinki district
was overlooked. Kinki district teachers and staff were ordered to work as
usual, while Chubu district teachers were instructed to stay at home out
of concern for their safety.
members were far from impressed and decided to survey their co-workers.
The survey found that two-thirds of ECC teachers thought that ECC did not
care about their safety. Other feedback from teachers and staff was
extremely critical of management. Story
Letter from America about
am no longer an employee of Peppy Kids. However, it warms my heart that
there is such action being taken to create a worker's union. I am an
American citizen back in America now, but I still very much love Japan. I
left Peppy Kids club, but I strongly feel that if there was a union in
place, me and other people that I know would still be actively employed
with Peppy Kids. As an American,
I know that many Americans take for granted the progresses that were made
as a result of union interventions in the U.S. workplace throughout