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Nagoya Information Meeting - Peppy Kids - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubMore and more people, Japanese and native teachers alike, are contacting us about the union. We will be holding a series of open meetings so people can hear more about the union and what our aims are. ...read more
Scandalous! GU sues gov't over health & pension insurance non-enrollment - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Health & Pension“Scandalous” is the only word that comes to mind. At a time when the government has raised the consumption tax to deal with future social security needs, millions of workers across the country are den ...read more
Taking back our rights! Open meeting for school teachers - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Private SchoolsFor many years the General Union has had members at Elementary, Junior High and High Schools. More recently, the situation has become dire with a large number of consultations from private schools in ...read more
Union launched at Peppy Kids Club - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubWhile Peppy Kids Club doesn’t have the national profile of some other players in the language industry, they have been on the union’s radar for quite a few years. They are an expanding chain with over ...read more
Kansai Gaidai teachers form new union - 20 Jul 2012 - english - UniversitiesCan you imagine having to reapply for your own job after having completed five years, and when you reapply, you cannot even mention that you are a current employee?
Can you imagine bein ...read more
ECC teachers demand permanent contracts - 20 Jul 2012 - english - ECCThe importance of the teacher is often overlooked by language school operators. Teachers are viewed as short-term employees, with an unlimited supply. Companies forget that teachers are their main res ...read more
Health and Pension Insurance. So who can't be enrolled - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Health & PensionIn the General Union’s opinion, if you are not in one of the below categories, you must be enrolled.
*those employed less than two months
*those employed at w ...read more
ECC typhoon: Not safe for students, but safe for staff? - 20 Jul 2012 - english - ECCWorkplace health and safety is a General Union priority. While most workplace accidents at language schools are minor, we as workers must not become complacent. We have the right to expect that our em ...read more
Letter from America about Peppy Kids - 20 Jul 2012 - english - Peppy Kids ClubI am no longer an employee of Peppy Kids. However, it warms my heart that there is such action being taken to create a worker's union. I am an American citizen back in America now, but I still very m ...read more
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