Information and Rights at Work

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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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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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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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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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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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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Postal Industry Workers Union Scores Major Victory For Contract Workers In Tokyo Superior Court

The Tokyo High Court, 2nd Civil Division (Judge Ayako Shiraishi presiding) has handed down a ruling in the "Postal-Workers' Labor-Contract-Law Article 20 East-Japan Case", in which three limited-term employees (Postal Industry Workers’ Union members), have been fighting as plaintiffs.

The Postal Industry Workers' Union has been actively organizing both regular and non-regular employees to seek elimination of disparities in working conditions. 

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Labor Update Bulletin #50 (12/2018)

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 #49 (12/2018)

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 #48 (12/2018)

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 #47 (11/2018)

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 #46 (11/2018)

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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