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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 0900 on February 28 (2020)

covid 19We want to make sure our members and friends are safe during this period and hope that everyone will cooperate in containing this virus.

We also know that everyone must eat and support their families, so your most burning questions are about wages.

At 0900, a General Union official visited the Osaka Labour Bureau to confirm the pay situation during this period.

At the moment, there is NO direct order for any board of education, private company, universities, or other schools, to close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Therefore all closings are currently based on the employer's own decision.

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Labor Update Bulletin #80 (02/2020)

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 general in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #79 (01/2020)

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 general in Japan.

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How To (Legally) Engage In Additional Work In Japan (FAQ)

If you live and work in Japan, you might find that your salary isn't always enough to make ends meet. Sure, you might be keeping the lights on every month, but perhaps there isn't much left over to save for a rainy day.

In these situations, a second (or third) job might seem to be the ideal solution: you have time; you need money; why not get do more work?

How do you engage in additional employment without running into trouble with the immigration office or your main place of work (and affecting your renewal chances)?

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Abe Government Attempts to Smash Labor Union in Kansai

From the Shingetsu News Agency (27 January, 2020)

In December, Yoichi Take of Kan'nama Union, and General Union officers and an interpreter met the Shingetsu News Agency for an interview.  

SNA (Tokyo) — Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Abe government has been engaged for several years in one of the most aggressive and unconstitutional efforts to smash a small industrial labor union in Japan’s Kansai region, including mass arrests of union members.

The full name of the union in question is the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union, but it sometimes goes by the shorter name "Kannama" for simplicity’s sake.

KEEP READING at the Shingetsu News Agency

Abe Government Attempts to Smash Labor Union in Kansai

From the Shingetsu News Agency - 27 January 2020

In December, Yoichi Take of Kan'nama Union, and General Union officers and an interpreter met the Shingetsu News Agency for an interview.  

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SNA (Tokyo) — Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Abe government has been engaged for several years in one of the most aggressive and unconstitutional efforts to smash a small industrial labor union in Japan’s Kansai region, including mass arrests of union members.

The full name of the union in question is the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union, but it sometimes goes by the shorter name “Kannama” for simplicity’s sake.

Kannama is among the minority of Japanese unions that is an industrial union, not the in-house union of a single company, and its members consist of workers inside ready-mixed concrete plants and the drivers of the concrete trucks who transport the wet concrete to construction sites throughout the Kansai region.

KEEP READING at the Shingetsu News Agency

 

Labor Update Bulletin #78 (01/2020)

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 general in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #77 (12/2019)

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 general in Japan.

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How Long Can You (Legally) Be Unemployed In Japan?

You've had enough. You gave your two weeks of notice to your company, received your letter of release, and now you're free of the corporate shackles that once bound you. After leaving for the last time, you step out of the building, and then wonder:

Just how long can you be jobless in Japan before immigration takes notice?

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Labor Update Bulletin #76 (12/2019)

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 general in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #75 (11/2019)

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 general in Japan.

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Labor Update Bulletin #74 (11/2019)

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 general in Japan.

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Postal Workers Union: Sign the Petition for Equal Treatment of Non-regular Postal Workers, and for Regular Employment!

Add your name to the Postal Worker Industry Union's petition for equality for non-regular workers.

General Union members know what it is like to work as a non-regular employee: one year contracts, sometimes even shorter, no bonus, no retirement allowances, and unequal treatment compared regular workers doing similar jobs at your workplace.

The Postal Workers Industry Union (Yusei Union) members know this too ,and that's why they have been running a long campaign to get rid of these differences and make sure that all workers are treated equally and with dignity. 

You can read more about their campaign for equality here.

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We Stand Against the Arrest and Detention of Kan'nama Union Activists



The arrests of union leaders and activists of the All Japan Construction and Transport Solidarity Union - Kansai Ready Mix Concrete Branch (Kan'nama) continues.

The chair of this union has been in detention for over one year.

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2019 Central Government Negotiations

On November 11, 2019, thanks to the cooperation of Diet Member Abe Tomoko, negotiations were held between the National Union of General Workers "education group" (NUGW Tokyo Nambu, General Union, and Fukuoka General Union), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHWL), Ministry of the Interior, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

The negotiations took place over three hours, at the House of Representatives members building.

The talks began with hearing answers from members of each relevant ministry or agency to questions the union side had previously submitted, based on the education group's demands and our 2019 ALT Survey report.

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Labor Update Bulletin #73 (11/2019)

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 #71 (10/2019)

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 #70 (09/2019)

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 #69 (09/2019)

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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"Labour Rights Education for Education Workers" seminar NOW ONLINE!

Since July, the General Union in cooperation with our sister unions in the National Union of General Workers, have been running free labour rights seminars across Japan. Fukuoka in July, Nagoya in September, Tokyo and Okayama in October, and we finally ended in Osaka on 17 November.

This seminar is now available to all of you online. You can download both the entire seminar covering: Employment Standards, Social Insurance, Unlimited Term Contracts, and Trade Union Law all from YouTube, and the accompanying manual to help you understand what we're referring to in the video.

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New, Multilingual Leaflet on Caregiver & Nursing Care Leave

Just had a baby? Elderly parents need help at home? Want more information but everything is in Japanese?

The Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Labour has produced a new, multilingual pamphlet available online.

It covers:

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When Is A National Holiday Not A "National" Holiday?

holidayIt seems that whenever a national holiday rolls around - be it Coming of Age Day, Health and Sports Day, or the ever esoteric-sounding Vernal Equinox Day - there is a percentage of the population who can only glare at the calendar and ask, "if this national holiday is so "national", why don't I get the day off as well?"

For those people who are left out in the proverbial cold on such occasions, forced to work as usual while other people enjoy their three-day weekends, the phrase "national holiday" can feel like a bit of a cruel joke.

How can a national holiday be a "national holiday" if it's not a holiday for the entire nation?

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Labor Update Bulletin #68 (09/2019)

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 #67 (08/2019)

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 #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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