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.


NOVA Socialization Policy Ruled Illegal

On 24 December 2004, judgment was passed at Osaka District Court in an unfair dismissal case brought against Nova by a General Union member.


'No Sex Please, You're Teachers'

Nova teachers unhappy with rules, reports "I feel offended that anyone would tell me who I can or can't hang out with," says Brendan (not his real name), one of 6,000 foreign language instructors employed by Nova Corp. in Japan.


Bar backs GU on NOVA's socialisation policy

Human Rights Committee judges NOVA's policy violation of human rights


YMCA members win pay raise!

At the beginning of the Shunto Season (spring bargaining), the Osaka YMCA warned the traditional annual wage increase bargained with the union was in jeopardy.The union's answer was simple; if the company couldn't afford the pay raise for all full time foreign teachers, just give the union teachers a raise.


Nichibei president worried that 'sturdy foreign men' causing trouble near Umeda School

On 24 March 2004, the General Union received a letter from Mr Tamotsu Kanehisa, president of Nichibei English Service (Nichibei Eigo Gakuin). In this letter he complained that "sturdy foreign men (though one of them is Japanese) were standing on both sides or one side of the corridor"


Osaka Bar Association urges NOVA to lift non-socialization policy

The Osaka Bar Association on Tuesday urged Osaka-based Nova Co foreign language school to lift a ban on foreign teachers dating students and to nullify past dismissals of teachers for breaking the rule.


Osaka Bar Association Ruling Against NOVA Socialisation Policy

24 February 2004 NOVA Corporation Sadao Takanashi President, Osaka Bar Association

Letter of Recommendation


Discriminatory Practices at the YMCA

"We, the YMCAs in Japan, learning from the life of love and service manifested in Jesus Christ shall carry on the following mission in collaboration with other YMCAs throughout the world. We shall strive to preserve human rights, seeking justice and fairness."

Osaka YMCA is a quasi-religious organization purporting to follow the ethics of Jesus in its business dealings. Publicly, YMCA espouses a policy of fighting against discrimination but is in fact a patriarchy that fails to address the need for equal opportunities for both female and foreign employees.


YMCA teachers start Shunto 2004

Teachers at the both the YMCA language centre and the International High School have submitted demands to their employer to start negotiating the working conditions for the 2004 school year.

After two years of dispute with the YMCA it appears that the Y is ready to sit down in good faith and negotiate new working conditions after an onslaught against the union to try to smash the working conditions that the union has gained over the past six years.


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