Caveat Subscriptor: Seiha English Academy

It's not often that the General Union issues a "Caveat Subscriptor" warning, but given the recent number of enquiries and complaints that we have seen regarding Seiha English Academy, we decided that it would be in the public interest to advise people to perhaps think twice before deciding to work for this company.

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NSSI unfair dismissal case settled in mediation

It has been over one year since we helped and supported some of our members in their efforts to sue Nippon Steel Sumikin Intercom (NSSI) over their dismissal after 19 years of work, but the General Union is pleased to announce that the case has finally been settled. ("Fired? Here's What Some Union Members Did About It"; "Suing Nippon Steel - Update")

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Fired? Here's What Some Union Members Did About It

In 2013, two employees of Nippon Steel, who had worked for the company for almost two decades, unexpectedly discovered that their contract with the company would not be renewed as part of "internal restructuring" - "restructuring" that, in reality, was just business jargon for "fire veteran employees and save money by hiring people to do the same job for less salary".

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From the Archives – British Culture Academy

Some things never change. Back in 2006 we ran a story from our sister union in Tokyo about problems at British Culture Academy. Here it is eight years later and they are just as sketchy as ever. The company has made illegal salary deductions for resigning, necessitating teachers lodging a case with the Labor Standards Board. Contact us if you work there. It just goes to show you need to keep a strong union in your work place.

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Suing Nippon Steel - update

As many of you know, the General Union is suing Nippon Steel Sumikin Intercom (NSSI) over the illegal dismissal of two workers. At first the company claimed restructuring, however we have found evidence of the company advertising positions that our members could have done.

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Union demands members' contracts be renewed at Nippon Steel & Sumikin Intercom

Nippon Steel & Sumikin Intercom has answered union demands in the negative, stating that union members' contracts will not be renewed. The union members have more than 15 years of service. Revisions to the Labour Contract Law in August 2012 now make it necessary for employers to have social acceptable reasons for non-renewing contracts that have been renewed several times.

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Branch declared at Nippon Steel & Sumikin Intercom

On September 30, General Union members working at Nippon Steel & Sumikin Intercom declared a union branch. Members with over 15 years of service with the company are concerned about their job security and worsening working conditions. The company has already implemented salary cuts for teachers and hinting at non-renewing teachers contracts.

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Victory at Lang, Hiroshima

Lang is a small school with about 10 teachers in Hiroshima. It is infamous for unpaid and late wages. It had only just been sued by a Japanese staff member for 600,000 yen of unpaid wages when a member came to us about not having been paid 40,000 yen of his final salary.

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Spain - BC teachers' union strikes for decent pay

Benn backs language centre pay claim Liz Ford, Friday July 18, 2003 The Guardian

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Small Schools Matter Too

Even though the General Union has won many well noted changes in the big eikaiwa chains, we are less well known for dealing with problems at small schools. If you are a union member working at a small school, these following news items should be of interest to you, and help you think of ways that you too can improve your working conditions.

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Language centre staff strike over pay

Liz Ford Wednesday June 18 2003 The Guardian English teachers at a language centre in Spain have voted to step up their campaign for better pay with a series of strikes during its summer school next month.

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Kid's English - A city community centre run English class

Kids'English recently announced an arbitrary pay cut of 20% upon a member.

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GU British Council members win extended rights

British Council teachers in Osaka who joined the GU when we were dealing with the closure of the British Council (BC) Kyoto School have won more rights at work.

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Shakai Hoken @ Epion Mabuchi

Shakai Hoken has been a hot topic within the union for quite a while now. It became a problem at Epion when a member received a demand from the ward office for two years back payments of Kokumin Kenko Hoken.

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Epion - Back in the classroom

In May, we were contacted by an Epion teacher who had been removed from classroom duties and sent to headquarters. The exact reasons seemed unclear.

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Epion Teacher Survey

Interested in maintaining and improving working conditions at Epion? Have your say by taking our survey.

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Two Teacher School - Joining before the problem helps secure victory.

A teacher, recognizing that his contract had strange conditions regarding termination, contacted the union and decided to join. The contract stated that those who quit their contracts mid term give up their monthly salary and agree to work for 1,000yen per hour. The union believes that this is not only illegal, but does not achieve the goal of keeping teachers, it only encourages them to quit with little notice.

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