Hirakata City bows to General Union demand for direct employment of ALTs

Hirakata City Board of Education (BoE) has decided to return to the direct hiring of ALTs from June 2007.

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Health Checks – They’re mandatory!

For many westerners, the idea of a state mandated health check smacks of a nanny state, and we are often reluctant to submit to the tests. While not all companies obey this law, the fact remains it is compulsory for all employees to have an annual health check under article 66 of the act.

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Union takes action against Aichi schools

Two years ago, after surveying Osaka prefectural boards of Education, the General Union found that 23 city boards of education were employing illegal ITAKU (subcontracting) contracts to supply their schools with Assistant English Teachers (ALTs).

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General Union anti-dispatching campaign makes the news

On March 24th the General Union took its campaign against the dispatching of ALTs to Boards of Education to the mass media.

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OWLS Dispatch company ordered to repay illegal salary deductions to twenty teachers

Company ordered to drop illegal penalties

At the Fukuoka General Union (FGU), the company which seems to generate the most grievances is OWLS.They are a dispatch company that has contracts with Kita-kyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture and a number of other Boards of Education.

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English instructors hired illegally: union

Japan Times Article - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 NAGOYA (Kyodo) A labor union of foreign workers requested Monday that the Aichi prefectural board of education address the concerns of English-language instructors at public schools who they say are working under illegal contracts.

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Education boards hit for using contract staff as ALTs (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Twenty-three municipal boards of education in Osaka Prefecture are suspected of using native English-speaking contract workers as assistant language teachers and placing them under the control of schools, a possible violation of the Temporary Staffing Services Law, an Osaka-based union announced Thursday.

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Dispatch Averted, Pay Cuts Stopped (2)

With rumors of their direct hire positions going to dispatch, five ALTs from Yamanashi prefecture contacted the General Union.

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Awajishima Board of Education

The amalgamation of a number of small country Boards of Education into one city Board of Education saw them decide to begin using JET teachers provided by the central government.

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ALTs make the evening news

The topic of Assistant Language Teachers in public schools is heating up. In a report by a news program one parent complained that their child's class had seven different ALTs in a year.

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ALTs and the Influenza - Tell the us what's happening

Do you have any control over your own workplace?The current influenza situation is proving very clearly that you don't.

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ALT: Dispatch vs. Direct Hire

 

Are you an ALT?
Think working conditions are fair?
Think again!


Interac teachers recently won direct hire at Kurashiki Board of Education. Compare the working conditions! Read full story here.


Direct Hire Vs. Interac

Working Conditions Kurashiki Direct Hire Interac Dispatch
Monthly Salary 330,000 Variable: 180 - 260,000 depending on nationality
Housing Allowance 25,000 zero
Summer Salary 100% 60%
Yearly Bonus 150-420,000 zero
Shakai Hoken (health & pension) Yes, 50% paid by employer zero
Paid Annual Leave 15 - 20 days days 5 days
Sick Leave 5 days zero
Extended Paid Medical Leave up to 25 days zero
Bereavement Leave 10 days zero
Job Security Yes Dispatch company always at risk of losing contract


Are you and your co-workers interested in direct hire? Contact the union to find out more.

What are you waiting for?

 

ALT Meetings - Kansai & Nagoya

Come to an meeting and find out what the General Union is doing to improve the working conditions of ALTs. You will have the chance to ask questions and share your concerns. Osaka Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010

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ALT furniture: A look at ALT dispatch contracts in Fukuoka

-by Chris Flynn, Fukuoka General Union         ALTs have become a regular part of the Japanese educational landscape—or perhaps I should say like a piece of educational furniture.

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ALT Dispatch and Outsourcing – What do Japanese Teachers think?

Do Japanese teachers in public schools know what dispatch (haken) and subcontracting (gyoumuitaku) mean for foreign ALTs’working conditions? How do they think ALT dispatch and outsourcing will affect the quality of English education?

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Aichi Labour Bureau: Tokai City breaks dispatch law

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have sent out a notification to all the local Boards of Education (BOEs) judging the contracting-out of Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) work to be illegal.

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Open Meeting for Suita ALTs

Improve your Working Conditions Come along and find out more about your working conditions and rights! Date: Sunday, January 23 Time: 3-4pm Place: General Union Osaka Office near Temmabashi station(Tanimachi and Keihan Lines) Click here for directions.

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General Union Sues Okayama City Board of Education

After many years of service as elementary school ALTs, two union members were notified by Okayama City Board of Education that their contracts would be terminated as of March 31, 2011.

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Okayama City Board of Education forced to apologize

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.

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W5 signs labor agreement with union

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

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Shakai Hoken @ Altia Central

In a bid to save costs, Altia Central have been known to arbitrarily change teachers' contracts and remove them from Shakai Hoken (health & pension). The union has won continued enrollment in shakai hoken for a group of ALTs who were dis-enrolled when they renewed their contracts in April, 2011. The union applied for collective bargaining and Altia quickly agreed to the continued enrollment of our members.

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Dispatch Averted, Pay Cuts Stopped

With rumors of their direct hire positions going to dispatch, five ALTs from Kofu city in Yamanashi prefecture contacted the General Union.

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ALTs across Japan are joining the union

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Dispatch Averted, Pay Cuts Stopped

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Sign this? NO WAY!

At a recent meeting of dispatch ALTs, a manager produced a petition against the new immigration changes requiring proof of enrolment in public health insurance. Twenty two people were in attendance but all the manager could muster were seven signatures. The rest refused.

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Open Meeting For Nagoya/Tokai ALTs Sunday, May 31

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