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New Union Branches at Ashiya Gakuen High & Kansai Gaidai - 13 Dec 2011 - english - Universities

New branches of the General Union have been formed at Ashiya Gakuen High-School where teachers are fighting to prevent a worsening of their working conditions and Kansai Gaidai where full-time contrac ...read more

Tezukayama U and sudden class cancellations - 13 Dec 2011 - english - Universities

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 enr ...read more

Good news at Kinki University - 13 Dec 2011 - english - Universities

Over the last few years the Education Ministry (MEXT) has exerted pressure on universities to guarantee a minimum 15 classes in each semester, excluding examinations. This has lead to a number of prob ...read more

Nova conditions down - 13 Dec 2011 - english - Nova

Conditions at NOVA continue to spiral downwards. From November, NOVA has started cutting teachers’ base salaries and allowances.

NOVA has once again taken advantage of contract workers
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The foreign teacher as a disposable commodity - 13 Dec 2011 - english - Others

In language schools, high schools, universities – the number of foreign nationals employed in a permanent, or tenured capacity is a small percentage of those working in the education industry. While s ...read more

Shane English School - update - 29 Nov 2011 - english - Shane English School

The health and well-being of teachers at Shane English schools doesn't appear to be a top priority for management. Teachers don't have shakai hoken (health insurance and pension). Teachers weren't eve ...read more

Labour Festa 2011 - 29 Nov 2011 - english - Others

December 4 is the annual labor video festival in Osaka. There is a 3 minute video competition and other labor related videos. The documentary, The Coca-Cola Case, will also be shown. read more

W5 signs labor agreement with union - 22 Nov 2011 - english - ALTs

Standard- Collective Agreement The General Union and W5 Staff Services (ALT Dispatcher), have recently signed a collective agreement* covering the following.

i) Grievance system – A system which helps members
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Okayama City Board of Education forced to apologize - 21 Nov 2011 - english - ALTs

Many Boards of Education recognize the legal obligation to negotiate with the General Union some out there try to escape their legal duty. Okayama City BoE is one of those.

The union s
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Gaba Non-Renews Branch Chair - 21 Oct 2011 - english - Gaba

Gaba Francis For more than four years the General Union has been campaigning for improved working conditions at Gaba. As things heated up, the union sued Gaba at the Osaka Labor Commission. In their ruling, the Co ...read more


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