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Union wins Special Leave at ECC - 9 Apr 2012 - english - ECCThe General Union has negotiated the introduction of Special Leave for full-time instructors. You can now take the following unpaid special leave on application to personnel.
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Workers' rights to strike upheld Court denies all of Berlitz Japan's claims against union - 6 Apr 2012 - english - BerlitzDuring 2008’s shunto spring labour offensive, Berlitz General Union Tokyo (Begunto) demanded the first base pay increase in 16 years and began a long-term surgical strike campaign. Berlitz management ...read more
Fukuoka General Union: Seismic shift in Kitakyushu - 6 Apr 2012 - english - ALTsThe Kitakyushu Board of Education (BoE) plans to change the ALT system in elementary and junior high schools moving from a sub-contract (itaku gyomu) to a dispatch (haken) contract system in the 2012 ...read more
Union's spring bargaining at Private Language Schools - 6 Apr 2012 - english - OthersSpring is the traditional time for Japanese unions to negotiate improvements in working conditions. Called “shunto” in Japanese, it translates as Spring Labor Offensive. Right across Japan unions, big ...read more
Ashiya Gakuen teachers organize to protect their rights - 6 Apr 2012 - english - Private SchoolsIn October of last year a number of full-time English teachers at Ashiya Gakuen High School joined the General Union and formed a union branch at their school. Teachers had read in the school's recrui ...read more
Joining the GU: Now more than ever, no time to waste - 6 Apr 2012 - english - OthersThe union is running a series of opinion pieces and we are calling for submissions from members. We are looking for opinion pieces that relate to work place issues. We are hoping to ...read more
ECC School Director Evaluation Changes - Take the online survey - 28 Mar 2012 - english - ECCECC is proposing changes to the contents of school director evaluations. The union believes that the consensus of all employees at ECC is necessary to implement the changes.
The union i ...read more
Hanami Party, Sunday April 7th - 1pm - 21 Mar 2012 - english - OthersIt's that time of year again - time for getting together and enjoying spring at our annual Hamami party by the river. This year we are having Brazilian BBQ!
Hanami BBQ party
Gaba Open Meeting – Monday March 26th 2012 - 15 Mar 2012 - english - GabaThings are finally moving forward at Gaba. At the end of March the union and Gaba will sign an agreement resolving the various legal cases that have been filed over the last few years.
Anti-Nuclear Power Parade (Nagoya, Saturday March 10) - 5 Mar 2012 - bilingual - Tokai Nagoya ChubuAichi Zenrokyo, our local union federation, has asked that the General Union Tokai branch come along and show their support at a parade against nuclear power. All members are encouraged to attend.