Nichibei abolishes Special Holidays

Under the old working rules (demanded by the union in 1997) Nichibei employees were entitled to:

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Nova to pay teacher over demotion 2

OSAKA (Kyodo) Nova Co. has agreed out of court to pay 400,000 yen to a former employee who sued the major chain of language schools after his allowance was cut due to his association with a female student, informed sources said Saturday.

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Nichibei Eigo Gakuin case closed

he Unfair Labour Practices Case, filed in December 2003, finally closed on 25 October, with the submissions of the final statements from both sides.

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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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Berlitz Newsletters

Check here regularly for our latest Berlitz newsletters. Feel free to download them & distribute them in your workplace. We also have posting rights for all schools so let us know if you would like to pin them up on the school bulletin board.

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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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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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NOVA not enrolling foreign instructors on social insurance

(Translation of Asahi Shimbun report on Nova breaking Shakai Hoken Law)

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Late Wages at Lang, Hiroshima

The threat of being named in an Unfair Labour Practice Case and civil proceedings has finally got the attention of the “silent” foreign national co-director of Lang.

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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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