ALC Education Employee Rep・アルクエジュケーション従業員代表

Employees at ALC Education will face a workers representative election on Tuesday, 22 March and GU members are urging all employees to refuse to vote due to a number of unanswered questions.
アルクエデュケーションの従業員は3月22日(火)に従業員代表選挙に臨みますが、ゼネラルユニオン組合員は全従業員に投票を拒否するよう呼びかけています。それはいくつもの疑問が解消されていないからです。

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Fukuoka City ALTs and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Millions and Thousands of Classes

Via the Fukuoka General Union, here's a short video on the situation of ALTs in Fukuoka.

We imagine that the information in the video covers a lot more ALTs than just those in Fukuoka. 

Do you see your own situation in this video? Let us know - especially if you want to do something about it.

Help Us Launch "A New Deal for ALTs"

Take the 2-minute ALT survey at www.bit.ly/surveyALT.

A common saying in the ALT world is “Everyone’s situation is different,” and this is very true. Our situation truly is different from the regular, licensed, teachers we work with every day. We are in the school, but are often not part of the school.

We are subjected to odd requirements. Many of us are not enrolled in the social safety nets that our fellow teachers are, especially those employed as dispatch ALTs.

We are not given bonuses (or if we are, we suddenly find our regular pay being cut to make up for it). We are not afforded the stability of a regular contract. Many are simply not paid enough to live in Japan while working a single job.

In short, we are deeply concerned that ALT jobs are being turned into poverty jobs. This not only affects the ALTs' livelihood, but also the quality of ALT programmes as many can simply no longer afford to be an ALT regardless of their passion for the work and their dedication to the students.

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Is GETTING PAID ON TIME Too Much To Ask For At NPO GLAD? (OP-ED)

This is what I (a member of the General Union) asked myself when I worked there.

For the past couple of years, the union has been dealing with one primary issue at this ALT dispatch company: the delayed payment of wages.

For me it started like this. Just before my salary was due, I received an email from the company director claiming that they had some vague banking problems that were causing delays.

Have you ever heard of something like this before? To me it sounded like something else...

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That Time Heart Corporation Angered The Philippines

poeaOn July 5th, 2019, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), part of the Republic of the Philippines's Department of Labor and Employment, issued a remarkable news release entitled: "BEWARE OF JAPAN SCHOOL ILLEGALLY RECRUITING FILIPINO TEACHERS"

In this news release, the POEA singled out Heart Corporation (aka Heart English School) for the "illegal recruitment of Filipino English instructors in Japan" and visa-fraud in the form of "facilitating the travel of the teachers as tourists or the conversion of student visas to teacher visas of those already in Japan".

Heart Corporation is said to have continued to "defy" the POEA "on the premise that it is a Japanese company and it has no obligation to abide by Philippine regulations".

Just what is going on here?

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The Cost Of Doing Business With Dispatch Companies - Fukuoka Edition

One of the most pervasive myths that the General Union often finds itself attempting to dispel is the idea that it's cheaper for a Board of Education to outsource its desire for ALTs to a dispatch companies than it is to directly hire people itself.

Yet, time and time again, we've seen that dispatch companies are in fact much more expensive than people would have you believe, often in the region of ¥350,000 to ¥400,000 (if not more) per month, per subcontracted ALT. 

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Fukuoka BoE Fires 120 ALTs; Goes To Dispatch

Some of you will have heard that the Fukuoka Board of Education has fired 120 ALTs (or "Guest Teachers"). The 120 includes both Japanese nationals fluent in English, along with qualified and unqualified teachers.

While some of these teachers are students, for many it is their main source of income. Some "Guest Teachers" have been working with the Board of Education for over 10 years.

Below is a translation of an article from the Nishinippon Shimbun.

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Your Company Is Not Your Friend [OP-ED]

I'm loathe to admit that, when I came to Japan nearly a decade ago, I - like so many others (everyone, perhaps?) - was one of those people who had bought into the idea that companies in Japan cared about their employees.

I remember reading a gushing article about how Japanese managers treat their employees like "flowers" that needed to be "watered and cared for" in order to "make the company grow" - a unique blending of social harmony and corporate culture with an understanding that people, not profits, were the drives and gears that kept everything running smoothly.

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Working Without A Visa? "Run. Don't Walk. Run Away."

Spotted over on the r/teachinginjapan sub-reddit, here's another anecdote of a company attempting to coax a naive foreigner with the usual assurances that they'll handle all of that pesky immigration nonsense AFTER said foreigner comes to Japan and starts working for them (illegally).

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Introducing: The Interac Mobile Phone Rental Service

You might already have the Interac Employment Contract, Interac Sub-Contracted Leopalace, and the Interac Rental Car; but are you (and your wallet) ready for the Interac Rental Mobile Phone that will "make your life easier in Japan by providing a top-tier phone easily, quickly, and with minimal hassle"?

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