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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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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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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Nagoya International School dispute heats up・名古屋国際学園での争議は一段とヒートアップ

On 19 and 21 August, General Union members staged a small leafletting action at at Kozoji station in Kasugai City, and Nagoya Station to inform members of the public about our current dispute with Nagoya International School over a member who was non-renewed after filing a sexual harassment complaint and declaring union membership. Our leaflet also urged members of the public to join a union themselves in order to improve and protect their working conditions regardless of where they work.
8月19日と21日、JR高蔵寺駅(春日井市)と名古屋駅で、ゼネラルユニオン組合員がビラ配りを行ない、名古屋国際学園との間の現在の争議(セクハラを訴えて組合員宣言をした組合員が契約更新されなかった)について広く市民のみなさんに知らせました。またこのビラでは、あらゆる職場で労働条件を改善し、守るために、働く人たちが労働組合に加入するよう呼びかけました。

The union is now preparing an online action aimed at further pressuring the school to negotiate and resolve the issue of the unfair contract renewal. Keep your eyes open for the date and time of this September action.
組合は現在、学校側に不当な契約更新拒否の問題を交渉し解決するよう促すためのオンラインアクションを準備中です。この9月のアクションの日時の告知に、引き続きご注目ください。

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Unlimited Term Contracts at Universities and Colleges

www.bit.ly/UTC-article-J (日本語)

Unlimited Term Contract Application: http://gu.generalunion.org/UTCapplication

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Did you know that as of 2018, those having worked continuously for five years at the same university are eligible for an unlimited term contract?

Q: Unlimited term contract (UTC)? What’s that?

It’s an employment contract without an arbitrary end date and is a new right that came along with an amendment to the Labour Contract Law in 2013.

Many of us currently work on one-year contracts which require a renewal year to year, but a UTC requires no renewal. This means that if an employer wants to get rid of you, basically they would have to fire you; not just wait out the year and then refuse to give you another contract.

Does this mean you have a job for life with the exact number of koma on the same exact day and time? No, but it does mean that if all remains the same (student numbers, curriculum, etc) you can keep working and we would argue, should be able to retain your koma (the latter part has still to be tested out in court).

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Stop Unfair Labor Practice at Nagoya International School!・名古屋国際学園の 不当労働行為に 抗議を!

The General Union is currently in a dispute with Nagoya International School over a member who was non-renewed after filing a sexual harassment complaint and declaring union membership.
名古屋市守山区にキャンパスを持つ名古屋国際学園(Nagoya International School) は2019年、セクシャル・ハラスメントの告発と組合活動をした教師との契約を更新しませんでした。

The Union has engaged in collective bargaining with the school as well as filing a suit against them at the Osaka Prefectural Labor Commission.
ゼネラルユニオンは大阪府労働委員会に不当労働行為救済申し立てを行い、調査の過程で名古屋国際学園の多くの労働問題が明らかになりました。

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2022 ECC Teachers Strike Ends as Company Offers Concessions

fist in the air[Note: General Union and ECC are currently collaborating on a draft collective agreement which will officially conclude negotiations. Since it is an ongoing process, the situation is subject to change.]

The General Union’s ECC Branch ended its months-long fight this July after members across Japan voted to accept ECC’s offer for improved pay and working conditions.

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2022/7/20 Tokyo High Court: Ruling rejecting avoidance of unlimited-term conversion due to abuse of "10-year special exception"

On July 20, 2022, the Tokyo High Court ruled in favor of the Tokyo District Court's December 16, 2021 ruling that approved the "unlimited-term conversion based on more than five years of service" of a part-time lecturer at Senshu University.

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Overview of the Case

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