May Day Rally (2018)

Tuesday, May 1st (2018) is May Day throughout the world.Tuesday, May 1st (2018) is May Day throughout the world.

In Japan, our May Day slogan this year is: We Demand A Living Wage For An Eight Hour Day!

As you know, it is impossible to live in Japan on minimum wage, and the General Union (along with many of our sister unions) have signed petitions demanding that the government raise the minimum wage a ¥1,000 an hour NOW, and then to ¥1,500 an hour in the NEAR FUTURE.


Do You Have To Pay NHK's Fees?

It has been a topic that has been debated for years, but the Supreme Court has finally passed judgement - and it appears that they've decided that NHK fees are something you must pay...


Labor Bulletins

This page contains links to our Labor Update bulletin; reporting information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan that are of interest to activists.  You can check here for our most recent bulletin or subscribe to our e-news to receive it direct to your mail box.


May Day Solidarity Message from the 27th Kyoto Regional May Day

88th Nakanoshima May Day
To All Participants
Message of Solidarity

To all our friends who participated in the 88th Nakanoshima, Osaka, May Day: we would like to pay our respects to your fight for protection of workers’ rights, for peace and against war, and for international solidarity. The 27th Kyoto Regional May Day Executive Committee, sharing your determination to fight, will hold a rally and demo at Sanjo Kawara, 60 kilometers upstream from Nakanoshima. Our slogan is “Down with Abe’s Administration of War, Constitutional Revision, and Poverty! The fight connects on May Day!”

The Trump Administration, which forcibly bombed Syria, is now putting pressure on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea through joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, creating a danger of war on the Korean Peninsula. The Abe Administration has taken this as a rare opportunity to proceed with building a new base in Henoko, expanding the base in Iwakuni, strengthening the U.S.-Japan joint strategic system in order to make war alongside America all over the world, and other ways of making Japan into a war state. With counterterrorism as the excuse, they plot to pass a conspiracy law so that they can suppress workers’ and the people’s struggles in their budding stages, and have announced that they will push on to their final endgame of changing the Constitution. They are also strengthening their moves toward restarting the nuclear power plants, such as having the Osaka High Court approve the restarting of the Takahama plant.

In order to “make Japan the easiest country for companies to do business in”, they also are continuing with attacks, centering on the gutting of the Labor Standards Law, that are aimed at tearing up by the roots the system of legal protection for workers. While promoting corporate tax cuts, they raise the expenses of Social Insurance and so on. Workers’ disposable income decreases, and life only becomes harder and harder.

The “trickle-down” theory, that if large corporations made a profit then many small and mid-size businesses would also see the benefits, has completely collapsed. Many workers at small and medium-sized companies, along with irregularly-employed workers, have seen their lives get worse until even their right to live is threatened. It is becoming clear that these men and women have no choice but to form unions and fight to protect their own lives.

Forcing us into war and poverty is the Abe Administration’s character. There is just one way to stop these attacks: solidarity with working people all over the world in labor movements, citizens’ movements, and unified people’s struggle. Your May Day Committee has called for international solidarity against war and for peace, and continued to defend the lives of mid- and small-business workers and irregular workers. We are certain you will keep moving forward in the fight. Let us affirm the spirit of May Day, “unity and solidarity among workers of all countries”, and struggle together for the realization of a society where working people can live securely.

May 1, 2017
27th Kyoto Regional May Day
Executive Committee

Autumn General Meeting & Public Seminars

Sunday, 8 November AUTUMN GENERAL MEETING & Public Seminars

L-Osaka (5 minutes from Temmabashi Station on the Keihan/Tanimachi line – map)

RSVP here if you haven’t yet done so.

This year’s theme is “Strengthening Branches, Strengthening the Union” and it’s a place where we hope to arm you with the knowledge to protect yourself, get your opinions on what will make the union stronger, and how to make sure that your own know how as a union member can be put to better use.


Zenrokyo Youth Committee Founding and General Meeting

On Saturday, August 22nd, thirty trade unionists attended a general meeting at Shinmei Plaza in Minato-ku, Tokyo, to establish a Zenrokyo Youth Committee. Three member of our local organisation, Osaka Zenrokyo Youth, also attended. Mr. Kanasawa, the Chair of Zenrokyo, was there as a visitor.



Donations to the General Union are gladly accepted. They help support daily operating costs along with specific expenses such as funding legal cases.

Sunday's Hanami CANCELLED

 With a 60% chance of rain, and heavy rain due from this afternoon, we have decided to cancel this Sunday's hanami.

If the skies do miraculously clear up, keep a check here and on our Facebook page. We might decide to do a bring your own style picnic/BBQ.


2015 Shunto - restarting the fightback

The 2015 Shunto (spring labor offensive) will be starting soon. Still, we haven't been hearing anything recently that sounds "prosperous" for us workers and our unions, or can put us in a good mood.


"Dissolution Without a Cause" -- lower-house election begins

We must deal a blow to the arrogance of Abe's LDP-Komeito administration!

It was unimaginable just one month ago, they have forced a dissolution of the House of Representatives and a general election. Even most of the mass media are calling it a "dissolution without a cause", but after a commotion where even some voices from within the LDP called the move meaningless, the election schedule has been set for the hectic year-end season. There are many rumored reasons for this.


Time for a pay rise! Open Seminars Sunday Oct 19 - All Welcome!


General Union September Picnic

Sunday, 28 September from 1pm


Riverside by the union office (see link for map)
1,000YEN for food and we sell the booze.

Hope to see you there!

The Great GU Wage Survey

In order to gain a better understanding of wages, working conditions, and job security, mainly for those involved in language education, the General Union is conducting a survey. We hope to use the information that we gather to help in future negotiations over wages and conditions.


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March 11 – A reminder of workplace safety

All across Japan today, people will be remembering the loss of life in 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. In the midst of remembering it is important that we reflect upon workplace safety.

What measures have your employers taken to protect you?


L-Osaka Directions

L Osaka: This is the home of the Osaka District Labor Commission and other Labor facilities. Many union meetings are held here but not all. Please check.

Address: 〒540-0031 大阪府大阪市 中央区北浜東3−14

Station: Temmabashi (Osaka). Keihan and Tanimachi subway lines.



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