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Being an ALT in Japan - The Video Handbook - 7 Nov 2012 - english - ALTsThe General Union is producing a video handbook for working in Japan as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). We'll be covering topics such as taxes, health insurance, housing, and workplace issues. Fe ...read more
Negotiations on the horizon at Interac - 2 Nov 2012 - english - InteracInterac members recently held a Skype meeting to finalize demands to the company that were submitted this past week.
While the word demand might seem strong this is the legal terminolog ...read more
Interac - What improvements would you like to see? - 2 Nov 2012 - english - InteracEven though you may not be a union member, our Interac members are interested in hearing your opinions. We want to better understand what issues are important to ALL Interac ALT employees. Please note ...read more
Amendments to the Labour Contract Law ・ 労働契約法改正 - 25 Oct 2012 - bilingual - Law and RightsThe 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 o ...read more
October General Meeting - A smashing success - 25 Oct 2012 - english - OthersIt's good to hear union members come away from a meeting not having felt like they persevered and did their duty to the union by attending. Members at this year's October meeting left feeling that the ...read more
Peppy Kids Club Confidentiality Agreement - 19 Oct 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubiTTTi Japan recently asked Japanese teachers at Peppy Kids Club to sign a confidentiality clause that we believe to be invalid, with some clauses bearing little likelihood of being enforceable.
Berlitz demands submitted for collective bargaining - 19 Oct 2012 - english - BerlitzUnion members at Berlitz sent seven new demands for collective bargaining to Berlitz Japan this week.
1. A courtesy call when lessons are cancelled late.
ECC Union News October 2012 - 16 Oct 2012 - english - ECCHalloween Costumes
ECC has agreed to provide basic Halloween costumes at all schools. The union has asked ECC to explain what will be provided by October 20. ECC has sent all schools an ...read more
Working in an elementary, junior, senior high school? - 15 Oct 2012 - english - Private SchoolsFor many years the General Union has organised workers at private elementary, junior and senior high schools. In the recent period the situation in many of these workplaces has become dire and we have ...read more
Panasonic teachers keep their eye on the ball - 10 Oct 2012 - english - Matsushita ExcelAfter an important round of bargaining in July of this year where some important promises were made by the employer to the union, members are undeterred to still improve their economic situation.