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The General Union is a legally registered labour/trade union, part of the Japanese labour union movement, and we are open to workers of any category or nationality. Since it was founded in 1991, our union has established a solid reputation for protecting its members' rights and improving their working conditions. We are workers like you who have joined together to protect our livelihoods and rights as workers. As a union, we are able to provide our members advice on workplace issues, and we actively help our members to organize and negotiate in their workplaces. read more about us ゼネラルユニオンは,日本語での労働相談も行っています.日本語ページはこちら

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Panasonic Excel, “We don’t sign collective agreements with minority unions.”

What arrogance!

And with this the company wanted us just to have a “gentlemen's agreement” in regards to consulting the union BEFORE changes are made to members' working conditions. ...read more

ECC Teachers Strike: Pay Freeze NO! Pay Raise YES!



After several rounds of Collective Ba
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The battle at Kansai Gaidai: GU wins continuing employment for members

Kansai University of Foreign Studies (Kansai Gaidai) in Hirakata city employs full-time "visiting professors" on one year renewable contracts with a five-year limit. However, the university administra ...read more

Shimbashi LS Evacuation Poster Updated - 27 Jul 2014 - english - Gaba

At negotiations last week the General Union Gaba Branch asked the company a number of questions about emergency preparations, and showed a photo of the evacuation procedure poster in Shimbashi Learnin ...read more

Union asks Gaba to improve poor safety preparations - 24 Jul 2014 - english - Gaba

On March 11th, 2011 the fifth biggest earthquake ever recorded occurred east of Tohoku. Nearly 16,000 people died, over 2,600 are still missing and almost 130,000 buildings totally collapsed. Inst ...read more

Fairness in the workplace - A Berlitz story - 23 Jul 2014 - bilingual - Berlitz

Disciplinary procedures and student complaints can cause a lot of stress for many teachers. Teachers are sent into a room alone to face people who are in a position of power and often feel bullied int ...read more

A Christmas for Everyone - 11 Jul 2014 - english - Gaba

Standard - Santa Christmas is for everyone. Now, it may seem a little early to write about Christmas in July, but at this time in 2013 Gaba Corporation were planning last year’s company Christmas party. Unfortunately, ...read more

Sexual Harassment at Gaba Corporation in the news - 23 Jun 2014 - english - Gaba

Standard - Sexual Harassment Last week the Japan Times published an article dealing with the issue of sexual harassment at Gaba Corporation, a subsidiary of Nichii Gakkan. It featured interviews with a number of Gaba instructors ...read more

Berlitz teachers demand to be paid for all work - 13 May 2014 - english - Berlitz

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Kansai International School forced to pay - 9 May 2014 - english - Kindergartens

Standard - Yen Sign Kansai International School/Sakura International School is notorious for its paid holiday system. Now someone has finally done something about it. After consulting the union, one teacher applied to ...read more

March scramble for classes - 24 Apr 2014 - english - Private Schools

Standard - eggs A large number of university and high school teachers are part-time workers. And as you know, the annual ritual of waiting around to hear about new schedules can be a nerve racking time. Will you re ...read more

Privacy protection - You don't need to let Gaba staff photograph your ID with their own phone - 23 Apr 2014 - english - Gaba

We like to think that we're all pretty tech savy, security conscious and not easily led. That being said, I know how easy it can be to agree to something that makes you feel a little uneasy, just to a ...read more

Harassing Gaba clients can be blocked - Here is how: - 21 Apr 2014 - english - Gaba

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

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