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Labor Update Bulletin #66 (07/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #65 (07/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Serious Repression against Kan’nama and the Industrial Unionism : Seminar Report

The General Union adopted a special resolution to support the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union (more commonly referred to as Kan'nama) at the AGM in May and has been participating in various activities to support this union against unprecedented attacks.

On July 20, we held a seminar to further deepen our understanding of the union's history and activities, and the reasons and background of this assault on union rights.
Accepting our request, Mr.Youichi Take, the General Secretary of the union came to our office as a speaker. Aaron Bucky, an Executive Committee member of General Union took the role of a translator.
In the seminar, reports, questions and answers continued for one and a half hours without a break.
Mr. Yoichi Take's reports and answers to questions were all clear and concrete.

Below are the contents of this seminar.  

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Labor Update Bulletin #64 (06/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Time to PARiTY: General Union Activity and Policy Report

We welcome all those interested in our activity to view our public version of our 2019 Annual General Meeting booklet.

The booklet includes our June 2018 to May 2019 Activity Reports which cover all the General Union's activity at 37 workplaces. These cover a broad range of workplaces from language schools to universities.

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Saturday, July 20th - The Real Trade Union News in Japan!

We are inviting all union members and other interested members of the English-speaking community to participate in a rare opportunity. 

As you know, we have been supporting the arrested and detained union members from the "All Japan Construction and Transport Solidarity Union - Kansai Ready Mix Concrete Branch", also known as "Kan'nama"  (and these arrests are continuing - click here for more information).

We've now raised over 300,000 yen for their defense campaign and they thank us all for our support - including our participation in court-day events and picketing the Osaka Police Headquarters.

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Saturday, 20 July - The real trade union news in Japan!

We are inviting all union members and other members of the English speaking community to participate in a rare opportunity. 

As you know, we have been supporting arrested and detained union members (and these arrests are continuing - click here for more information) from the All Japan Construction and Transport Solidarity Union - Kansai Ready Mix Concrete Branch (Kan'nama). We've now raised over 300,000yen for their defence campaign and they thank us all for our support, including participating in court day events and picketing the Osaka Police Headquarters.

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Labor Update Bulletin #63 (06/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #62 (05/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #61 (05/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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全国セミナー / National Seminar

labour rights seminar教育非正規労働者の権利を学ぼう

Labour Rights Education for Education Workers

福岡市: 7月7日 (Fukuoka: 7 July)   
名古屋市: 9月29日 (Nagoya: 29 September)
東京港区: 10月20日 (Tokyo: 20 October)   
岡山市: 10月27日 (Okayama: 27 October)
大阪市: 11月17日 (Osaka: 17 November) 

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Special Appeal and Request for Support

Donate to the defence fund!

※ If you are a union or organisation that would like to send a message of solidarity, please click here.

There is currently an unprecedented attack against a labour union in Japan.

This union is the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union (more commonly referred to as Kan'nama).

In the past few months, about 60 union members - including several union officials - have been arrested, detained, and charged.

Why are we now witnessing something never before seen in the union movement in Japan?

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Labor Update Bulletin #60 (05/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #59 (04/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #58 (04/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #57 (03/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #56 (03/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #55 (02/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #53 (02/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Stop Police Suppression Of Union Activities

Rentai Union Kan-Nama Branch (All-Japan Construction and Transport Workers’ Solidarity Union, Kansai Regional Ready-Mix Concrete Branch) has been subjected to an unprecedented crackdown by prefectural police in Osaka and Shiga Prefectures. Many of our fellow members have been arrested and re-arrested.

Osaka and Shiga Prefectural Police are treating Rentai Union Kan-Nama Branch as racketeers that interfere in civil affairs and threaten violence. Thus, they have concluded that collective bargaining is “blackmail”, and that all kinds of protests and other group actions are “forcible obstruction of business” and “extortion”. 

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Consultation: "I Was Illegally Employed And Illegally Fired! What Are My Options?"

gu consultation

The General Union receives multiple inquiries from people on a daily basis, and a lot of the assistance that we provide is often helpful for other people.

This "consultation" series aims to share some of the advice that we give to members and non-members alike.

In this consultation:

I was recently employed for five months. The employer promised a work visa, then delayed doing the paperwork and repeatedly underpaid the salary that I was promised. They recently also fired me for no reason with only four days of notice. Do I have any legal recourse since they hired me illegally, promised a work visa, and fired me without reason and without 30 days of notice? 

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Consultation: "Our Employment Conditions Are Getting Worse! What Can We Do?"

gu consultation

The General Union receives multiple inquiries from people on a daily basis, and a lot of the assistance that we provide is often helpful for other people.

This "consultation" series aims to share some of the advice that we give to members and non-members alike.

In this consultation:

I have been working at a small international pre-school for several years. It has never been an easy job but over the years the working conditions have been getting worse and worse. We're struggling with issues of bullying, spotty shakai hoken enrolment, no sick pay, no breaks, and no paid preparation time. What can we do? Thank you in advance. 

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2018 Government Negotiations Report

On November 5th, 2018, the Education Unions Group of Zenrokyo Zenkoku Ippan (National Union of General Workers), with guidance from NUGW Central and the cooperation of the office of Diet member Tomoko Abe, held negotiations at the Diet members' Office Building with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW).

The purposes of these negotiations were: to present our demands for appropriate solutions to several major issues we are facing; to inquire what the position of the authorities concerned was; to find out through discussion some ideas that might contribute to solving the problems; and in addition, to secure concrete routes for future useful exchanges of information with the relevant departments. 

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Labor Update Bulletin #52 (01/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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New Year’s Day Action at Osaka Prefectural Police to Protest Kan-Nama Crackdown

At 10:00am on the morning of January 1, 2019, about two hundred workers and citizens gathered in front of the Education Tower in Osaka Castle Park to hold a rally and demonstration in protest against the series of crackdowns on the Zennikken Kansai Nama-Kon (Kan-Nama) Branch.

Acting chair Sakada of the Kan-Nama Branch stood to give the opening speech, making the case that “we must not allow state suppression of legitimate union activity” and that “although there is no injury and no victim, our fellow members are unfairly detained”.

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Labor Update Bulletin #51 (01/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed or are being discussed in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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Consultation: "My Company Didn't Enrol Me In National Pension!"

gu consultation

The General Union receives multiple inquiries from people on a daily basis, and a lot of the assistance that we provide is often helpful for other people.

This "consultation" series aims to share some of the advice that we give to members and non-members alike.

In this consultation:

 I am a foreign employee. I was working full-time as an English teacher at my soon-to-be former company. I am changing jobs right now, and my new employer has asked me for my pension number. When I told my current employer that I needed this information, he said he never enrolled me in pension at all. What can I do? 

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Overtime Q&A

overtime qaWhen it comes to Japanese labor law, figuring out how much extra overtime money you're entitled to (as well as the laws that govern such things) can be a very confusing process rife with conflicting information and complicated legalese.

Luckily, the General Union is here to help you make sense of things with this handy Q&A!

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Consultation: "My Company Isn't Paying My Half Of Insurance!"

gu consultation

The General Union receives multiple inquiries from people on a daily basis, and a lot of the assistance that we provide is often helpful for other people.

This "consultation" series aims to share some of the advice that we give to members and non-members alike.

In this consultation:

 My company didn't inform me about health insurance and pensions when I started working for them several years ago. They expected me to leave Japan after a year, but I stayed. Since then, I've never paid anything into the system. My company said that there is social insurance, and that I need to pay half and the company needs to pay half. 

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We Protest the Outrageous Union Busting of the Zennikken Kansai Nama-Kon Branch!

– statement from Osaka Zenrokyo (National Trade Union Council - Osaka)

Organized union busting is continuing against the Kansai Nama-Kon (ready-mix concrete) Branch of the All-Japan Construction and Transport Solidarity Union (abbreviated name Zennikken, nickname Rentai Union). Kan-Nama (as the branch is nicknamed) has been on the receiving end of crackdowns several times already, but they continue to put up a determined fight. If union demands become “extortion”, and strikes become “obstruction of business by force”, then no labor union will be able to do anything at all. At the recent Executive Committee meeting, Osaka Zenrokyo decided to issue a statement of protest. The complete text is printed below. 

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