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General Union members gear up for third annual 'hands off our koma' campaign - 10 Jul 2012 - english - UniversitiesNow is the time of the year that the major private universities are planning changes in curricula and classes for the 2013 academic year. For the last couple of years the General Union has been declar ...read more
Branch declared, demands submitted, negotiations August 6 - 4 Jul 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubThe union has officially declared our new branch to management at Peppy Kids Club. Our members include both Japanese and foreign teachers alike, and we seek to improve the working conditions of all em ...read more
Panasonic Excel teachers demand job security and pay increases - 18 Jun 2012 - english - Matsushita ExcelGeneral Union working at Panasonic Excel have submitted new demands for collective bargaining and hope to begin negotiations in July. Teachers joined the union in 2002 when they had unilaterally been ...read more
Strike vote first, then negotiate - 22 May 2012 - english - Private SchoolsLast week the union had a great round of negotiations at one of the workplaces we represent.
We can't put out all the details yet, but we can tell you a little.
One memb ...read more
Working at Peppy Kids Club? - 17 May 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubTeachers at Peppy Kids Club are getting ready to launch a union. We want your input. The union is open to both foreign and Japanese staff alike. We believe that if both groups work together conditions ...read more
National Union Voice Spring 2012 Now online - 25 Apr 2012 - english - OthersRead all the great stories in the Spring 2012 edition of the National Union Voice online.
In this edition:
GABA does an about face: drops lawsuit, rehires branch chair
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.
1. ECC rec ...read more
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