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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ECC Speak Survey

Speak has become an important educational tool at ECC for students and teachers alike.In an industry first, ECC students now have an advanced tool to practice and review for FTL lessons.

The General Union is concerned that instructors are not familiar with Speak. Some instructors have never had an opportunity to use Speak and are not familiar with the benefits it provides ECC students.

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AEON raises pay with Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension)

The General Union's Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension) Campaign has directly resulted in improved working conditions for new teachers at AEON.

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Branch Leadership Roles

ECC Branch Chair: Duties include calling and presiding over branch executive meetings and branch meetings. Liaising with the General Union executive committee over branch activity, campaigns, demands, negotiations and grievances. Submitting reports to the General Union Executive Committee and coordination of union communication with branch members.

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Shunto 2006 Diary

 2006 27 Feb: Strike 4 March: Strike 6 March: Strike

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Nichibei sued for 5th time for Unfair Labour Practices

Nichibei takes down union materials unilaterally from members' lockers and then sends letter forbidding any union activity in the workplace.

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