NOVA workers now have a new choice

From the National Union Voice On 30 September over 100 NOVA teachers and staff packed themselves into the small General Union offices in Temmabashi with similar numbers attending meetings over two days in Tokyo.

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Mass NOVA Meeting at GU, 30 September

On 30 September over 100 NOVA teachers and staff packed themselves into the small General Union offices in Temmabashi with similar numbers attending meetings over two days in Tokyo. The big question that everyone asked was whether NOVA was going to go under.

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Union members' complaint to the Labour Standards Office wins wage payment

Our claim at the Labour Standards Office over unpaid wages was very effective, and NOVA actually paid the wages. Yesterday, we were contacted by the Labour Standards Offices inspectors and were told that NOVA would pay all outstanding wages owed to teachers.

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OPEN NOVA MEETING FOR TEACHERS & STAFFSunday, 30 Sept. from 8:15pm at union office in Temmabashi

This is a letter which was posted to the Japan Times in regards to an article about NOVA printed on 25 September.

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GU seeks clarification of ECC's Childcare Leave Policy

The ECC branch has submitted questions over childcare leave.

ECC informed the GU that full time instructors are eligible. Demands were then submitted that childcare leave be included in the the full time instructor work code. ECC has answered.

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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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English Payslips Coming Soon?

How much of your payslip do you understand? For a large number of instructors it is a bunch of numbers and a lot of Japanese. Do you even know if you have been paid correctly?

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Hearings to start at Osaka Labour Commission

Hearings in the Unfair Labour Practices case against Nichibei will be held on 13 February 2007, 10-12am and 14 March, 10-12am at Osaka Labour Commission.

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Nichibei opens new school in Ikebukuro

or years, Nichibei claimed that they were in financial hard straits - before we checked up on their finances and found that they have never been in the red and are actually making good profits.

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Excel Branch launches wage, job security, and union rights campaign

After finally settling a four year dispute regarding cut wages and employment rights the General Union Matsushita Branch members, submitted new demands to their employer on 11 November.

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