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Interac kicked out of Kurashiki Board of Education - Union wins direct employment for teachers

Interac, notorious for illegal sub-contracting and its hostile attitude to worker rights, continues to grow across Japan but the union has been able to stop them in their tracks in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.

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University Class Cancellations - GU Wins Settlement in Nagoya

Many GU members teach part-time at universities and colleges. Working as a part-timer at such institutions has its good points, but it also has a major downside because it’s so insecure.

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ECC teachers win a toll free number!

Thanks to the General Union ECC branch, teachers with substitute shifts will no longer be required to spend money to find out what their working hours are.

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Interac - Rumor has it....

There's an Interac office out there that "messed-up" on more than 150 contracts and they are now in a mad scramble to get teachers to sign another contract accepting lower salaries. You are not required to do so.

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General Union forces re-investigation into ex-NOVA president, Sahashi

In 2008, The General Union officially sought indictment NOVA’s former president, Mr Sahashi over non-payment of wages (a violation of the Labor Standards Law). When prosecutors declined to indict, the General Union took the matter to the auditors of the Public Prosecutors Office. They have now ruled the original decision “unjust”.

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Open Meeting For Nagoya/Tokai ALTs Sunday, May 31

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Ryukoku University, GU reach agreement 龍谷大学で合意

Last October, Ryukoku University announced cuts in classes for part-time teachers in the Faculty of Intercultural Communication at the Seta Campus.

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Open Meeting For ALTs - Kansai regionSunday, April 26th

We, ALTs, are quite aware of the growing problems that we face in our field on a daily basis. It's time to come together and see what can be done about them.

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Hands Off My Pay

 

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To part-time teachers at Meijo University

Greetings!This is a joint message from the General Union (GU) and Tokai Part-time University Teachers’ Union (PUTU).

We say that universities should get their numbers right... or pay teachers anyway.

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0120-ECC-???

ECC sub-teachers are unfairly burdened with the cost of calling HQ every day they sub. In fact, there is a question if teachers are legally required to.

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ECC - Best School Picture?

Do you recognize these flashcards? What school are they from?

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Latest Nova Actions

Keep up to date with the NOVA dispute. Bookmark this page - we will be updating it regularly.

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Interac? Selti? W5? Altia? Borderlink? Westgate? Ziac?

Early each year there is a mad scramble amongst dispatch teachers. The union gets inundated with email and telephone calls from teachers worried that they may be non-renewed, worried that they don't have unemployment insurance.

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Are you regular?

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ECC Collective Bargaining Update

Collective bargaining is moving forward – there is positive movement on some points with the company refusing to budge on others.

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Teachers were clapping

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Not even JET positions are safe from dispatch

We recently fielded a frantic call from a JET teacher in Northern Japan.

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ECC Negotiations Set for February 5

The second round of negotiations has been set. Branch members are encouraged to attend and send ECC a message. Please note that non-members are not permitted to attend.

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Happy Holidays

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New Company, New Nova?

A year has passed and G.education has over 400 NOVA schools up and running. How have things changed? For the better? For the worse?

The jury is still out. In some ways teachers say NOVA v.2 is better than before. In other ways teachers say it is worse. But there is a consensus on two issues troubling NOVA teachers; the regularity allowance and the overtime pay rate.

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Stable employment means better education

In this day and age when anyone can go to university and when the number of under-subscribed universities is increasing, we can sometimes forget that some places are doing well.

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Special Dispatching News

While companies have been dispatching teachers to private schools and universities for many years, changes in the dispatching law and the push to deregulation have given more of an impetus to the use of dispatch companies.

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I don't need a bag. I need a pay increase!

Join the union and let ECC know you want a pay increase.

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Special Paid Leave

ECC, like many Japanese companies, provides school management staff and office employees with special paid leave to cover events such as family deaths and weddings. The union believes ECC should extend these benefits to full-time language instructors.

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Special Paid Leave at ECC

ECC, like many Japanese companies, provides school management staff and office employees with special paid leave to cover events such as family deaths and weddings.

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Paid Breaks

Paid Breaks = Pay increase
 Do you do the following in lesson breaks? Before your first lesson? After the last lesson? It is work. It must be paid.

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Berlitz Unions submit demands to parent campany, Benesse

Friday, October 24 More than 120 people came out to support Bengunto (Berlitz Union Tokyo) as they stepped up the campaign at Berlitz and submitted demands to their parent company, Benesse.

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October 26 in history

  • October 26, 1863 Soccer rules standardized; rugby starts as a separate game
  • October 26, 1881 Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona
  • October 26, 1945 Hilary Clinton born
  • October 26, 1972 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
  • October 26, 2007 Nova declares bankruptcy

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The Issues: ECC

ECC union members have voted and are submitting the following demands to ECC.

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