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Tokai Board of Education found guilty of illegal dispatch

After more than six months of union action, Tokai Board of Education has been found guilty of illegal dispatch by the Aichi Prefectural Labor Board.

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Performance Based Salary Increases- Update

Shunto negotiations at most workplaces this year were tough- ECC was no exception. The uncertainity created by the global financial crisis was given for rejecting union demands that would put pressure on company finances.

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New Agreement Strengthens Union Members' Rights @ ECC

One of the oldest General Union branches, ECC, has become the first union branch at a major eikaiwa chain to win a union dues check off agreement with their employer.

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Tokai City ALTs - video update

Despite repeated requests for collective bargaining, Tokai City and Tokai City Board of Education repeatedly refuse to negotiate over the issue of the illegal dispatch of Assistant Language Teachers.

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Workplace Health and Safety- Evacuation Procedures

Workplace health and safety is something that is often overlooked in the eikaiwa industry.

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Small School - Big Problems

workers rightsSmall schools can be great places to work.

They sometimes really take care of you and are appreciative of the work you put in.

They are also great places to develop a rapport with students, and to feel a part of Japan.

Unfortunately this isn't always the case.

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2010 Academic Year Negotiations Start

Negotiations with ECC for the 2010 Academic Year commenced today.

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Nagoya/Aichi ALTs on Facebook

We've created a facebook group for ALTs.

Go to www.facebook.com then search for Nagoya ALTs. Tell us how you would like to see working conditions improved.

 

ALT Meetings - Kansai & Nagoya

Come to an meeting and find out what the General Union is doing to improve the working conditions of ALTs. You will have the chance to ask questions and share your concerns. Osaka Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010

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ALTs across Japan are joining the union

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Health and Pension Insurance in Japan? What's the difference?

The General Union has put out a lot of information in regards to Shakai Hoken (public health and pension insurance), but did you know that most workers in private schools, including universities, are enrolled in an even better scheme?

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ALT furniture: A look at ALT dispatch contracts in Fukuoka

-by Chris Flynn, Fukuoka General Union         ALTs have become a regular part of the Japanese educational landscape—or perhaps I should say like a piece of educational furniture.

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Union takes action against Aichi schools

Two years ago, after surveying Osaka prefectural boards of Education, the General Union found that 23 city boards of education were employing illegal ITAKU (subcontracting) contracts to supply their schools with Assistant English Teachers (ALTs).

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Stop outsourcing public school ALT jobs

If we wish to see improved job security and wages for Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) working at public schools, unions have no choice but to take on the public boards of education.

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Dispatch Averted, Pay Cuts Stopped

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Dispatch Averted, Pay Cuts Stopped (2)

With rumors of their direct hire positions going to dispatch, five ALTs from Yamanashi prefecture contacted the General Union.

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Nagoya Teachers Win Unemployment Insurance

We can’t name the employer because of a confidentiality agreement but we have won enrollment (including back enrollment) on unemployment insurance (UI) for teachers at the Nagoya branch of a small language school.

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English instructors hired illegally: union

Japan Times Article - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 NAGOYA (Kyodo) A labor union of foreign workers requested Monday that the Aichi prefectural board of education address the concerns of English-language instructors at public schools who they say are working under illegal contracts.

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Aichi English instructors hired illegally: union

Japan Times Article - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

NAGOYA (Kyodo) A labor union of foreign workers requested Monday that the Aichi Prefectural Board of Education address the concerns of English-language instructors at public schools who they say are working under illegal contracts.

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General Union - In the News!

You all know what the General Union does, right? Organize unions, talk to members about workplace problems, intervene on behalf of members directly with their employers, create a forum for members to participate in the union’s life, etc. But did you know that your union is also regularly in the news and is regularly asked to comment on issues which effect foreign workers across Japan.

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Sign this? NO WAY!

At a recent meeting of dispatch ALTs, a manager produced a petition against the new immigration changes requiring proof of enrolment in public health insurance. Twenty two people were in attendance but all the manager could muster were seven signatures. The rest refused.

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My contract is for 29.5 hours. Can I get shakai hoken @ ECC?

The answer is YES.

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ALTs and the Influenza - Tell the us what's happening

Do you have any control over your own workplace?The current influenza situation is proving very clearly that you don't.

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Hannan University Teachers - "Thanks GU. No koma cuts in 2010"

The General Union (GU) members at Hannan University are very grateful to the union for helping them avoid koma cuts next year.

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ALTs make the evening news

The topic of Assistant Language Teachers in public schools is heating up. In a report by a news program one parent complained that their child's class had seven different ALTs in a year.

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Nagoya City ALTs - Open Meeting

More and more Nagoya-shi Board of Education ALTs are contacting us and in response we are preparing to launch the Nagoya City ALT Branch/Local.

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Nagoya City ALTs - Open Meeting

More and more Nagoya-shi Board of Education ALTs are contacting us and in response we are preparing to launch the Nagoya City ALT Branch/Local.

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Do you work at St. Thomas University?

In light of St. Thomas University’s (owned by Eichi Gakuin) decision to stop all new enrollment with the aim of closing the university in the near future, General Union members at this university have submitted demands for collective bargaining.

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ALT: Dispatch vs. Direct Hire

 

Are you an ALT?
Think working conditions are fair?
Think again!


Interac teachers recently won direct hire at Kurashiki Board of Education. Compare the working conditions! Read full story here.


Direct Hire Vs. Interac

Working Conditions Kurashiki Direct Hire Interac Dispatch
Monthly Salary 330,000 Variable: 180 - 260,000 depending on nationality
Housing Allowance 25,000 zero
Summer Salary 100% 60%
Yearly Bonus 150-420,000 zero
Shakai Hoken (health & pension) Yes, 50% paid by employer zero
Paid Annual Leave 15 - 20 days days 5 days
Sick Leave 5 days zero
Extended Paid Medical Leave up to 25 days zero
Bereavement Leave 10 days zero
Job Security Yes Dispatch company always at risk of losing contract


Are you and your co-workers interested in direct hire? Contact the union to find out more.

What are you waiting for?

 

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