AEON Teachers: Working Too Much?

Myth 1
Aeon would have you believe the reason you are feeling overworked is because you are either lazy or have never done an honest day’s work in your life. They will tell you that Japanese people generally work harder and never complain about it. That just isn’t true.

The reason you feel overworked is because you are - new teachers especially.  Read more


What we've won at AEON:

  • Unemployment Insurance for every AEON teacher. AEON was the last of the major eikaiwa chains to enrol their foreign teachers, but after a dismissal case handled by the GU, AEON was forced to obey the law.
  • Health and Pension Insurance (shakai hoken)and a pay rise to cover your costs.
  • Grievance Procedure. After having dealt with a few individual consultations with AEON teachers regarding unpaid wages and dismissals, AEON agreed to follow the same grievance procedure that the GU uses at all the big employers for problems.


AEON's Trickery And The "20,000 Yen Fixed Overtime Allowance"

AEON teachers work some of the longest hours in all of the main eikaiwa schools in Japan.

In general, many of the teachers who we speak to don't mind these hours as they are paid a little more than at other schools and often get to do a variety of different jobs throughout the day.

At least, this was the case until the recent announcement by AEON that teachers will have their base salaries cut by 15,000 yen per month.


AEON - 150,000 reasons to be happy

Back in June we reported on an AEON teacher who had received a small amount of overtime pay from the company once they knew the union was on to the case. However, after the union completed a detailed calculation of the true amount owed, it was clear that AEON was still shortchanging the teacher.


AEON Leafletting Brings Results

After just a few days of leafleting at AEON Nagoya training sessions, management is running scared.

Union member receives overtime pay

Before the union had time to formally demand overtime pay for our members, management has suddenly paid one member's overtime. Some Aeon managers will say you are not entitled to paid overtime. So why did they pay our members overtime? Japanese labour law clearly states that all overtime must be paid for.


AEON does about face over housing issue

Ever wondered about leaving AEON housing? It isn't uncommon for teachers to be told this is impossible, that they must continue to pay rent until the end of their employment contract. This is untrue and a violation of housing laws.


AEON Teachers: Working Too Much?

Learn how to say no to unreasonable demands on YOUR time. Join us in our campaign to win unpaid overtime.


AEON raises pay with Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension)

The General Union's Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension) Campaign has directly resulted in improved working conditions for new teachers at AEON.


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