Shakai Hoken Law Changes 1 October

We just wanted to let you know that the as of 1 October, enrolment for Shakai Hoken (Employee’s Health & Pension Insurance) will be made easier.

Please keep your eyes open regarding shakai hoken enrolment eligibility.

Current Law (basically put)
Enrolment mandatory for those working at employers with 501+ employees who work 20+ hours per week.

For those working at employers without 501+ *employees, enrolment is at 30 hours UNLESS there is a workplace agreement allowing everyone working 20+ hours to be enrolled.

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A Cool 50: GU end-of-summer University Campaign - Hands Off Our Koma! Don't touch!

Part-time GU members at 50 universities and colleges are demanding that their employers do not cut any koma (lessons) from their schedules in 2023. We have been running this campaign since 2010 and we find it a proactive way to deal with potential koma cuts. Before this time, the union dealt with koma cuts as they happened and learned a very valuable lesson; once koma cuts have been made, it is often difficult to get them back ever.

Part-timers spend years building a schedule that will support them and their families. Piecing together days and periods, travelling to different locations every day and even in the same day that one change in days, one cut in koma, can send their livelihoods tumbling.

That's why we've been running our Hands Off Our Koma campaign and seen more and more members sign up to it demanding job security from their employers.

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Labor Update Bulletin #148 (09/2022)

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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Send Protest Free Fax/Email to Nagoya International School

On Sunday, 25 September, over 40 union members gather online to hear about our dispute at Nagoya International School where a union activist had her contract non-renewed after declaring their union membeship and filing a sexual harassment complaint.

We have been negotiating, leafletting, and in the Osaka Labour Commission to try to resolve this dispute, but the employer refuses to budge. You can read more about the dispute HERE.

We hope that you will send either a Free Online Fax or Email to the Head of School, Mr Matthew Parr, and urge him to negotiate with the union to resolve this issue. We also ask that you share this article with friends on social media.

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We Won't Stand for Union Busting at Nagoya International School

Protest Action at Nagoya International

SchoolSunday, 25 September - 19:30 ONLINE

Sign up to attend to defend our member whose employment contract was not renewed after they filed a sexual harassment complaint and decalred their union membership. Read more about this dispute.

At our online action we will be informing members of the public about the benefits of unionisation and our current dispute with Nagoya International School. We will also be sending direct messages to the administration of the school to urge them to negotiate with the union in good faith in order to resolve this dispute.

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Negotiations Begin with TELUS International AI Japan

start buttonGeneral Union held collective bargaining with the Japanese branch of the Canadian tech company TELUS International in late August. Workers’ demands centered on laggy support from the global company’s regional human resources department, based in South Korea.

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Labor Update Bulletin #147 (09/2022)

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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2020 Sanken Dispute Over!

The workers of the Sanken Korea sub-branch of the Metalworkers’ Union, Gyeongnam Branch (member of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions) have announced an end to their dispute with Sanken. A full 742 days after Sanken Electric, the Japanese parent company of Sanken Korea, staged its fake-dissolution fire-all-workers attack in July; after tent sieges in Changwon and Masan; after a further 148-day tent siege in Seoul, and a seventeen-day sit-in at the APTC office; and after a fourteen-day hunger-strike sit-in; the union has finally won a labor agreement, and ended the dispute.

The exact contents of the agreement have not been made public. But the Sanken Korea sub-branch members themselves have released a written “position statement”, in which they say that “our twelve union members have fought a dispute against powerful capital that was backed up from Japan, and left behind a valuable result from the fight--one which, though it cannot truly be called a victory, can absolutely never be considered as a defeat.” This one sentence contains the myriad of emotions of the workers themselves. We believe with all our hearts that, first of all, these should be accepted and honored.

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GU members file lawsuit against Osaka University demanding unlimited employment・組合員、無期雇用契約を求めて大阪大学を提訴

Two General Union members who have been working at Osaka University (Handai) continuously for fifteen years filed a lawsuit against the university on 31 August. The basic demand in the suit is that the university accept their application for unlimited term contracts (UTC) that they filed during the 2021 academic year.
大阪大学(阪大)で15年間継続して勤務しているゼネラルユニオン組合員2名が8月31日、大学を相手取り訴訟を起こしした。基本的な要求は、2021年度中に2人が提出した無期雇用契約の申請を大学側が受理することである。

This application, had it been accepted, would have given both members an unlimited starting from 1 April 2022 thus protecting their employment against the possible job losses that might be come in 2023 as Handai demands part timers re-apply for their current teaching posts.
この申請が受理されていれば、2人は2022年4月1日から無期雇用契約者となり、阪大が現非常勤講師に雇用の再申請を求めることを通じて、2023年度に起こりうる雇用喪失から自らを守ることができたはずなのだ。

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Labor Update Bulletin #146 (08/2022)

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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