New Era Starts In Japan; "Same Old, Same Old" At ECC

ecc same old same old※ Strikes planned for May 25th and June 1st.

On April 14, 2019, union members representing over 150 ECC employees in Kinki, Kanto, and Chubu, voted to take strike action at ECC if negotiations could not resolve union demands by May 25th.

Not only is the employer's failure to offer a minimum across the board pay rise (which they have done every year since 2015, with the exception of 2018 when the union settled for a minimum "across-the-board" pay rise AND paid special leave) a slap in the face to the duty to negotiate in good faith, the employer has begun ridiculous attacks on employees. 

The company argues that evaluated pay increases are fairer - the General Union disagrees.

That being said, while the union is not pleased with evaluated pay increases, we have always been happy to allow the employer to give more to those with high evaluations as long as there is a minimum amount for all.

With that in mind, when the company has ended up agreeing to an across the board pay hike every year, it has been the company itself who have then refused to offer more to those they say they "want to reward" with higher pay.

Instead of focusing on improving their business plan and attracting more students, ECC has taken it out on the employees - the lifeblood of the company - by refusing the minimum pay increase, and has doubled-down on its contempt with the following demands on union members:

· A NO PAY INCREASE clause written into unlimited term contracts.

· FORCED retirement

· NO retirement allowance.

· LIMITED renewals on new employees, making it even more difficult to secure long term employment.

· MORE work days for new teachers.

Union members want to know why ECC is choosing to fight with the union this year instead of trying to build a cooperative relationship in order to increase sales.

While other employers are working with the union to resolve disputes and prevent strikes, ECC management repeatedly refuses to negotiate with any good faith.

Our strike warning to the company has at least resulted in three negotiations sessions, planned before May 25th, and we will keep you abreast of developments.

Perhaps we'll see you on the picket line!

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