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In response to a number of incidents where Gaba instructors had been sexually harassed by clients, the union decided to investigate the issue, and conducted a survey to gauge the prevalence.
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All union members are invited to attend this year's Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 20 April from 3:30 to 6:30 at L-Osaka (5 minutes from Keihan/Tanimachi Temmabashi Station - see read more
Did you hear about the student who spent the entire lesson with his fly undone, sharing his flowery purple underwear with the world? How about the one about the student who followed his instructor ho ...read more
After an early morning secretariat meeting today, two union officers are busy preparing documentation to lodge an unfair labor practice case against Minerva Language Institute. We expect to be able t ...read more
Many instructors are not aware that clients can be blocked, and think that they simply have to put up with bad treatment. This impression leads to problems, particularly in regards to sexual harassmen ...read more
The union had received reports that some Gaba staff have not been following the company’s procedures and protecting instructors' information adequately.
When instructors are required to ...read more
In case instructors were wondering, despite the impression given by the latest MGI post on March 18th, the Mindflash training for the new lesson record system is not mandatory, and instructors cannot ...read more
Coco Juku is a new eikaiwa/English school chain that launched with a lot of fanfare in 2013. It is owned by Nichi Gakkan, that also happens to own Gaba.
It appears that Coco Juku is tr ...read more
All instructors should be aware that ECC will be mailing out your new contracts shortly. Please note that you will not be advised of your hourly pay increase. Unlike other years, ECC has prolonged ne ...read more
General Union members at Berlitz will meet this Sunday, 16 February to plan their third round of collective bargaining. Current demands include a 7% pay increase, pay for lock ups, union representatio ...read more
- 31 Jan 2014
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