Schools and Colleges

Kobe Shoin Women's University

As well as reducing the number of classes taught by some long-standing teachers, the University is attempting to let go all four of the teachers who were freshly hired last year.

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Osaka U: Massive cuts to come for part-timers

Part-time teachers at Osaka Univeristy (Handai) got a shock in October when the university administration unveiled plans at an information meeting to cut the number of part-time teachers in their faculty to zero in three years.

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Tezukayama U and sudden class cancellations

As we have reported previously Nara Labour Standard's Office ordered Tezukayama University to pay a General Union 60% of their wages for a class the university had cancelled due to the low student enrolment in the class.

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Good news at Kinki University

Over the last few years the Education Ministry (MEXT) has exerted pressure on universities to guarantee a minimum 15 classes in each semester, excluding examinations. This has lead to a number of problems for teachers such as being forced to work on national holidays and a lengthening of the semester with no increase in compensation.

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Insurance at Clover International School

Months of stalling tactics by Clover International School forced the General Union to lodge a kakunin seikyu (individual claim) with the pension agency for shakai hoken, after the school’s  harassment caused our member to take stress leave.

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Union gears up to protect university jobs in 2012

For the second straight year General Union members working at universities are not waiting around in fear of losing classes in the next academic year. Our members are taking a proactive approach and are having the union submit demands for no reduction in koma or worsening of working conditions in the 2012 academic year.

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Losing koma after contract signed due to enrollment?

Is it in your employment contract that your second semester class (and your pay) could be cancelled? The General Union has found this cropping up more and more and is intent on stopping this practice, and recently we did.

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Koma cuts. Don't wait for it to happen

For part-timers in particular, working at universities and private schools, a lack of job security is a very big problem. For years the General Union has been advocating a proactive approach to members in fighting against koma cuts and worsening working conditions.

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Tezukayama University: Mid-year koma cuts unfair

How many of you would agree to the following contract? 1. Keep a full year free to work for us. 2. If there’s work, we’ll pay you. 3. If there’s no work, we’ll pay you one month and then nothing more. Unfortunately, many university teachers are having to sign such contracts.

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Seibo Jogakuin: Pre-consultation system

Are you worried about possible changes to your working conditions in the following year? Are you even more worried that these changes will occur with little or no notice? General Union members at Seibo now have a little less to worry about.

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Welcome to the Schools and Colleges Branch

Ever seen these three letters, SAC, and wondered what they stood for?

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Do you work at a private high school, junior high school or elementary school?

Do you work at a private high, junior high, or elementary school? Are you concerned about your rights at work? Are you worried that falling student numbers will result in cuts in your classes? Many people have heard of the General Union’s work at conversation schools and universities; but did you know that our union also has a long history improving teachers’ rights at private schools?

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Schools and Colleges Branch presents:"Being proactive and avoiding isolation in your workplace"

Friday, 18 June at 7:30PM Murphy's Pub in Shinsaibashi This short talk and discussion will focus on the things you can do to head off trouble in your workplace before they become more serious. It will also look at how the union can function effectively in taking up individual grievances and resolving members problems.

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Health and Pension Insurance in Japan? What's the difference?

The General Union has put out a lot of information in regards to Shakai Hoken (public health and pension insurance), but did you know that most workers in private schools, including universities, are enrolled in an even better scheme?

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Hannan University Teachers - "Thanks GU. No koma cuts in 2010"

The General Union (GU) members at Hannan University are very grateful to the union for helping them avoid koma cuts next year.

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Do you work at St. Thomas University?

In light of St. Thomas University’s (owned by Eichi Gakuin) decision to stop all new enrollment with the aim of closing the university in the near future, General Union members at this university have submitted demands for collective bargaining.

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University Class Cancellations - GU Wins Settlement in Nagoya

Many GU members teach part-time at universities and colleges. Working as a part-timer at such institutions has its good points, but it also has a major downside because it’s so insecure.

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Ryukoku University, GU reach agreement 龍谷大学で合意

Last October, Ryukoku University announced cuts in classes for part-time teachers in the Faculty of Intercultural Communication at the Seta Campus.

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To part-time teachers at Meijo University

Greetings!This is a joint message from the General Union (GU) and Tokai Part-time University Teachers’ Union (PUTU).

We say that universities should get their numbers right... or pay teachers anyway.

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Stable employment means better education

In this day and age when anyone can go to university and when the number of under-subscribed universities is increasing, we can sometimes forget that some places are doing well.

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Special Dispatching News

While companies have been dispatching teachers to private schools and universities for many years, changes in the dispatching law and the push to deregulation have given more of an impetus to the use of dispatch companies.

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Stop outsourcing at Mukogawa Womens University

From 2006, Mukogawa Women’s University (MWU) has been outsourcing English education to a major English school whose main purpose is to maximize profits.

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Prior consultation agreement with Ryukoku University 龍谷大学との事前協議制

On 6 March 2007, along with a grievance system, we negotiated a Jizen Kyogi (prior consultation) agreement with Ryukoku University

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Universities roundup - December 2007

Osaka Kogyo Daigaku & Setsunan Daigaku Negotiations were held with these two colleges (part of the same group) on November 20.

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Hotoku Gakuen Roundup

Alarmed by the school’s decision to cut a lot of the Eikaiwa classes, and fearing the school would use it as a pretext to cut hours and pay, the General Union held collective bargaining on 21 November.

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Osaka Gaigo and GU settle case in Labour Commission

On 12 July 2006, a mediated settlement agreement was signed at Osaka Prefectural Labour Commission between the General Union and Osaka Gaigo Semmon Gakko whereby the college expressed regret for certain statements made by one of its officials on 25th and 26th May 2006, a financial settlement was paid by the college in the non-renewal cases of two part-time union members, and both sides promised to make efforts to improve the labour-management relationship.

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Stabilizing employment in the university sector.GU wins Jizen Kyogi (JK) Agreements

Demand that schools consult with your union regarding any changes to your employment by winning a prior consultation agreement

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Osaka Gaigo branch holds half-day strike

On May 25th 2006 some of the members of the Osaka Gaigo branch held a half-day strike. We were joined by supporters from other branches and other unions, and had a very good turnout. Spirits were high. We appreciate the support of everyone who turned out. It seems that Gaigo was quite taken by surprise by the strike, despite being warned in advance. They have said "no" to us many times with few consequences, but this time our people are really upset and the result was our first ever strike.

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Part-timers Left Uninsured In Cases Of Job Loss

Recently, the GU has been holding negotiations with a high school over the contract non-renewal of a union member. Though the teacher is only in her second year of employment (employed on one year contracts) the union decided to raise demands for the teacher’s re-employment since her school didn’t inform her of the non-renewal until the end of January, too late for her to find more high school work for the upcoming school year.

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SAC Branch Survey Results

Many respondents were interested in shakai hoken for part-timers. In this regard, Japanese law does not differentiate between full- and part-time workers. It simply states that all workers must be enrolled. In practice, however, the shakai hoken office follows internal ordinances that says those working 3/4 of a full-timer's schedule must be enrolled. Companies are left to decide for themselves if they want to offer shakai hoken to workers who do not meet this condition.

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