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Yamahara Katsuji - Memorial - 27 September

Please join us via zoom on Sunday, 27 September at 1930 for a celebration of his life. You can RSVP your attendance at www.bit.ly/Yamahara.

---Obituary 24 July 2020--- 

He was known popularly to General Union members simply as Yamahara. No mister, no sir; just affectionately called Yamahara - and one of the most unpretentious people you could have ever met.

On 23 July 2020, Yamahara passed away quietly at his home 73 years after his birth in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.

A union organiser since finishing school, Yamahara worked for many years for the General Council of Trade Unions of Japan (Sohyo) affiliated Metal and Machinery Workers Union (Zenkin) until its merger into the Japan Trade Union Confederation (Rengo). (see www.bit.ly/YamaharaObituary to keep reading).

 

Labor Update Bulletin #94 (08/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #93 (08/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #92 (07/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #91 (07/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #90 (06/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #89 (06/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #88 (05/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #87 (05/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #86 (05/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #85 (04/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #84 (04/2020)

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Coronavirus - Industry Survey

The General Union has been fielding hundreds of consultations from both members and non-members over their current employment situation. Just from the consultations and the negotiations that we are doing, we can see a few very clear trends.

  • The major language schools, except for NOVA, are mainly shut down and teachers are receiving at least 60% of their actual wages.
  • Many part-time dispatch workers to companies and kindergartens, are having work cancelled without any time of wage compensation.
  • ALTs are mostly in their workplaces, some at home, and most report receiving 100% of their wages.
  • Private school and university teachers are mostly working at home (especially part-timers) with reports of mostly full-time private schools teachers still at work, and very few reports of complete non-payment of wages. The vast majority are reporting 100% wage payments.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - April 10th, 2020

Subsidy payments (below) updated on April 9th.

Since the government's Declaration of Emergency Measures, things have really started to get busy for the union.

If you want to ask the General Union a question or are seeking advice, please use the consultation request form at www.generalunion.org/consultation and do not send an email.

For members and non-members alike, please understand that due to the current circumstances we may not be able to get back to you as quickly as usual.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding during these times.

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Labor Update Bulletin #83 (03/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #82 (03/2020)

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Statement of the General Union on School Restarts in the Schools and Colleges Sector

covid 19 iThe General Union condemns the decision of the government to restart school classes from April.

If carried through at a time of rapid growth in COVID-19 cases it will put the lives of teachers, students and the general population in danger.

At the time of writing, the latest statements from the government appear to put a general reopening in doubt, with Hagiuda, the Education Minister, saying they (the government) will discuss the restart in prefectures with over 50 cases of COVID-19.

At the time of writing it is not clear whether or not individual schools will reopen.

While we strongly disagree with the move to restart classes in the present situation, if a decision is taken in many workplaces we may not be strong enough as a union to resist this.

If this happens our members will have no choice but to resume teaching classes.

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Covid-19 information in 15 languages from the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Labour

The central government has made the following information available in a number of languages: 

やさしい日本語     English     中文(簡)     中文(繁)     한국     Português

Espanol     Tagalog     ภาษาไทย     Tiếng Việt      नेपाली     Bahasa Indonesia

ភាសាខ្មែរ     Монгол хэл     မြန်မာဘာသာ

Click on the link to view information in your preferred language.

Statement of the General Union on the COVID-19 Pandemic

covid 19 iThe General Union has received many consultation requests in regard to this pandemic.

While we are happy to report that most employers are behaving responsibly, a minority of language schools are laying off part time workers and refusing to pay the cancellation allowance of at least 60% of average wages.

Basically, they are off-loading their financial woes on those least able to afford it.

This increase in consultations has meant that we are not as quick in responding to emails and telephone calls and we ask for everyone's patience.

In a crisis situation like this, the work we do in the community as a whole is important and while member concerns are always a priority, we are sure that union members all support the vital work we are doing in the language industry, in both the for profit and schools sectors.

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Sign the GU petition to support our court case again NOVA and Osaka Shoin

The union will be submitting a petition now being signed by union members and other trade unionists in Japan to support our members’ court cases.

At NOVA we won a Nagoya District Court ruling against NOVA’s illegal subcontracting.

NOVA has now appealed, and the case is in front of the Nagoya Superior Court.

Read more about it here.

At Osaka Shoin, the union is fighting against arbitrary contract limits which were put in place to stop teachers from applying for unlimited term contracts after five years.

Read more here and don’t forget to sign the petitions.

Labor Update Bulletin #81 (02/2020)

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Coronavirus Skype Consultation Day: Monday, 9 March 12:00 to 18:00

The union has received many consultation questions by email and Facebook. In many cases, we are not receiving enough information to be able to help, and this is causing long email exchanges which aren't very productive.

Therefore, we will be holding a consultation day for coronavirus over Skype so people can ask specific questions which will lead to us hopefully being able to help.

The consultation is open to anyone to get some basic advice (see our many posts first before calling as it may already be covered!).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 2020.3.3

Government response:

For companies dealing exclusively with China, the government has already set up an employment adjust fund and will be setting one up for other industries which will have sales affected by the virus. We do not know at this time what industries it will cover.

Parents affected by childcare issues stemming from the closure of schools MAY also get some relief, but the mechanics are still unclear.

Companies who pay parents 100% of their wages to take time off to care for their children will be reimbursed to a maximum of 8,330 yen per day.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 0900 on February 28 (2020)

covid 19We want to make sure our members and friends are safe during this period and hope that everyone will cooperate in containing this virus.

We also know that everyone must eat and support their families, so your most burning questions are about wages.

At 0900, a General Union official visited the Osaka Labour Bureau to confirm the pay situation during this period.

At the moment, there is NO direct order for any board of education, private company, universities, or other schools, to close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Therefore all closings are currently based on the employer's own decision.

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Labor Update Bulletin #80 (02/2020)

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Labor Update Bulletin #79 (01/2020)

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How To (Legally) Engage In Additional Work In Japan (FAQ)

If you live and work in Japan, you might find that your salary isn't always enough to make ends meet. Sure, you might be keeping the lights on every month, but perhaps there isn't much left over to save for a rainy day.

In these situations, a second (or third) job might seem to be the ideal solution: you have time; you need money; why not get do more work?

How do you engage in additional employment without running into trouble with the immigration office or your main place of work (and affecting your renewal chances)?

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Abe Government Attempts to Smash Labor Union in Kansai

From the Shingetsu News Agency (27 January, 2020)

In December, Yoichi Take of Kan'nama Union, and General Union officers and an interpreter met the Shingetsu News Agency for an interview.  

SNA (Tokyo) — Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Abe government has been engaged for several years in one of the most aggressive and unconstitutional efforts to smash a small industrial labor union in Japan’s Kansai region, including mass arrests of union members.

The full name of the union in question is the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union, but it sometimes goes by the shorter name "Kannama" for simplicity’s sake.

KEEP READING at the Shingetsu News Agency

Abe Government Attempts to Smash Labor Union in Kansai

From the Shingetsu News Agency - 27 January 2020

In December, Yoichi Take of Kan'nama Union, and General Union officers and an interpreter met the Shingetsu News Agency for an interview.  

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SNA (Tokyo) — Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Abe government has been engaged for several years in one of the most aggressive and unconstitutional efforts to smash a small industrial labor union in Japan’s Kansai region, including mass arrests of union members.

The full name of the union in question is the Kansai District Ready-Mixed Concrete Branch of the All Japan Construction and Transport Workers Solidarity Union, but it sometimes goes by the shorter name “Kannama” for simplicity’s sake.

Kannama is among the minority of Japanese unions that is an industrial union, not the in-house union of a single company, and its members consist of workers inside ready-mixed concrete plants and the drivers of the concrete trucks who transport the wet concrete to construction sites throughout the Kansai region.

KEEP READING at the Shingetsu News Agency

 

Labor Update Bulletin #78 (01/2020)

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