Schools

Working in an elementary, junior, senior high school?

For many years the General Union has organised workers at private elementary, junior and senior high schools. In the recent period the situation in many of these workplaces has become dire and we have had many consultations and requests for help from teachers. While as a union we have been able to win individual victories and defend conditions for groups of our members, working conditions have continued to deteriorate for teachers across the sector.

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Taking back our rights! Open meeting for school teachers

For many years the General Union has had members at Elementary, Junior High and High Schools. More recently, the situation has become dire with a large number of consultations from private schools in particular. The falling number of school age students has led to a savage competition between schools, in particular private schools. School administrations have attempted to compete by-and-large by asking for longer hours and more commitment from teachers, while at the same time often worsening pay and conditions.

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Strike vote first, then negotiate

Last week the union had a great round of negotiations at one of the workplaces we represent. We can't put out all the details yet, but we can tell you a little.

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Ashiya Gakuen teachers organize to protect their rights

In October of last year a number of full-time English teachers at Ashiya Gakuen High School joined the General Union and formed a union branch at their school. Teachers had read in the school's recruitment literature for next year that for certain courses the school planned to have native English speakers as homeroom teachers.

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Union membership pays off at Polaris Kindergarten

Ever wondered what being a union member can do for you?

When a member at Polaris Kindergarten recently quit their job with 1-month notice as stated in their contract, the company objected and refused to pay the outstanding salary. After just a few letters and phone calls, we are happy to report that the member has now received their outstanding monies.

New union branches at Ashiya Gakuen High & Kansai Gaidai

New branches of the General Union have been formed at Ashiya Gakuen High-School where teachers are fighting to prevent a worsening of their working conditions and Kansai Gaidai where full-time contract teachers have issues regarding contract renewals.

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Insurance at Clover International School

Months of stalling tactics by Clover International School forced the General Union to lodge a kakunin seikyu (individual claim) with the pension agency for shakai hoken, after the school’s  harassment caused our member to take stress leave.

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Seibo Jogakuin: Pre-consultation system

Are you worried about possible changes to your working conditions in the following year? Are you even more worried that these changes will occur with little or no notice? General Union members at Seibo now have a little less to worry about.

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Do you work at a private high school, junior high school or elementary school?

Do you work at a private high, junior high, or elementary school? Are you concerned about your rights at work? Are you worried that falling student numbers will result in cuts in your classes? Many people have heard of the General Union’s work at conversation schools and universities; but did you know that our union also has a long history improving teachers’ rights at private schools?

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Hotoku Gakuen Roundup

Alarmed by the school’s decision to cut a lot of the Eikaiwa classes, and fearing the school would use it as a pretext to cut hours and pay, the General Union held collective bargaining on 21 November.

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Part-timers Left Uninsured In Cases Of Job Loss

Recently, the GU has been holding negotiations with a high school over the contract non-renewal of a union member. Though the teacher is only in her second year of employment (employed on one year contracts) the union decided to raise demands for the teacher’s re-employment since her school didn’t inform her of the non-renewal until the end of January, too late for her to find more high school work for the upcoming school year.

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SAC Branch Survey Results

Many respondents were interested in shakai hoken for part-timers. In this regard, Japanese law does not differentiate between full- and part-time workers. It simply states that all workers must be enrolled. In practice, however, the shakai hoken office follows internal ordinances that says those working 3/4 of a full-timer's schedule must be enrolled. Companies are left to decide for themselves if they want to offer shakai hoken to workers who do not meet this condition.

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GU wins insurance at Riseisha High School

Our members enquired at their school about Shakai Hoken and were offered two options for their 2005 contract: one with full pay and no enrolment, and the other with enrolment and 55,000 yen cut in salary.

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Kun'ei High School teachers win Health and Pension Rights

The non-renewal of a teacher at Kunei High School gave the union an organizing opportunity which has led to the formation of a union branch.

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Kansai Ohkura High School

Join now! The GU has shown we can get things done.

Kansai Ohkura High School We won a satisfactory settlement in a non-renewal case here this month, and to all foreign and Japanese teachers at Kansai Ohkura now, we’d like to say: Join now! The GU has shown we can get things done.

Osaka Kokusai Owada High School

We are currently negotiating over the attempted ‘non-renewal’ of a member working without a contract.

We have protested that you cannot non-renew a non-contract worker. It constitutes a dismissal, for which good reasons are necessary (now enshrined in the 2004 revisions to the Labour Standards Law). GU Members should be ready to support our member here should this come to a dispute!

GU Secures High School Jobs

A flurry of calls from existing union members over the last month or so has happily ended in victory in all the cases.

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Doshisha High School

As reported in last month’s “Voice”, our member had a massive cut in teaching hours, from 18 to 12. Seeing that no reason was offered for the cut in hours and the impact that it would have had on our member’s livelihood, the union decided to act.

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Tokai Gakuen High School

This establishment decided to make its long-serving native speaker English teachers redundant, in order to replace them with dispatch company staff.

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