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Tezukayama U and sudden class cancellations

As we have reported previously Nara Labour Standard's Office ordered Tezukayama University to pay a General Union 60% of their wages for a class the university had cancelled due to the low student enrolment in the class. Teachers commit to these classes often months in advance while universities defend their right to cancel the class often paying the teacher only one or two months wages.

Despite receiving the order from the Labour Standards Office about last year's classes the university has still not amended its contracts and work rules to ensure that teachers are paid at least 60% of their wages for these classes, in line with the Labour Standard's Law. However, the University did agree to pay another General Union member who subsequently has lost a class this year. Teachers at Tezukayama University need to get organised to protect their legal rights.