Information and Rights at Work

Labor Update Bulletin #103 (12/2020)

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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21 February - Free Webinar for Filipino Workers in Japan

What you need to know as an OFW in Japan.

Free Webinar: 21 February from 1800 to 2000 via Zoom.
(regitration at www.bit.ly/OFW-seminar)

Seminar will cover:

Japan Labor Standards Law (wages, contracts, holidays and leaves, health insurance, pension, etc.)

Union membership (rights and protection of unions and its members, remedies for unfair labor practices, testimonies from current Filipino members, etc.)

Philippine government rules concerning Filipinos working in Japan

Other labor issues and concerns in Japan (Q&A with participants)

The seminar will mainly be focussed on Filipino teachers in Japan but all Filipino workers will find this seminar helpful and all are welcome to attend.

Download a copy of our poster and send it to your friends.

On facebook, find an event listing at: https://www.facebook.com/events/853487658819435

Kick Off 2021 by Signing the Postal Industry Workers Union Petition

Petition for Equal Treatment and Regular Employment for Irregular Postal Staff

SIGN HERE!

Japan Post Group and its related companies have a total of about 190,000 irregular employees (part-timers, limited-term contract employees etc.) working as essential members of their staff.

The court case over Article 20 of the Labor Contract Act, filed by eleven irregular post office workers who sought correction of the disparity in work conditions between them and the regular employees, finally saw a Supreme Court verdict on October 15, 2020. This was widely taken up in the news media.

The ruling recognized disparities as “unreasonable and illegal” with regard to family allowances, year-end and New Year work allowances, premium wages for holiday work during the New Year period, unpaid sick leave, and summer and winter vacations. For housing allowances, the Superior Courts have already found disparity to be unreasonable. On the day of the Supreme Court verdict, Japan Post Commented that “In view of the importance of the problem, we will work on making the necessary adjustments to our system”. Now the companies of Japan Post Group must each obey the ruling and promptly carry out its requirements by amending their work rules and pay schedules accordingly.

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Labor Update Bulletin #102 (12/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #101 (11/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #100 (11/2020)

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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Report on Government Negotiations

gu reportOn November 20, 2020, at the Lower House Diet Members’ #2 Office Building, a group of education workers’ unions under the umbrella of Zenrokyo (including the General Union, along with the Sapporo General Union), participated in negotiation and exchange of opinions with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor (MHWL), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Interior Ministry.

The agenda items for this year’s negotiation are listed below, with the relevant ministry for each.

1. Regarding COVID-19 experience so far, current situation, and from now on: MHWL

2. ALTs’ current situation and future: MEXT

3. Fiscal-yearly appointees: Interior Ministry

4. Shakai Hoken (health and pension insurance) enrollment conditions: MHWL

5. Related to switching to unlimited-term contracts: “10-year exception”, setting of contract limits: MEXT

In order to have discuss these issues as deeply as possible at this year’s negotiations, we submitted our questions and demands in writing at an early stage than last year.

After receiving written answers to these, we deliberated on these answers among the relevant unions, and were prepared in advance to engage in negotiation on the basis of these answers.

The demands and questions, along with their answers, are here:

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Labor Update Bulletin #99 (10/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #98 (10/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #97 (10/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #96 (09/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #95 (09/2020)

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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Income Support and the Pandemic

Many workers in Japan are suffering economically from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. There is some relief.

1. Kyugyo Teate: salary benefits that your employer must pay if there is no work for you and you are sent home.

2. Employment Adjustment Subsidy: paid to employers to cover KYUGYO TEATE payments to employees.

3. Sustainment Benefit for Freelancers: if you are a non-employee (like many members at GABA and NOVA), you can apply to receive up to one million yen in benefits.

4. Special Cash Payment: 100,000 yen subsidy available to all who were registered residents of Japan as of 27 April 2020.

Please see an explanation of the four systems at this link.

Labor Update Bulletin #94 (08/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #93 (08/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #92 (07/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #91 (07/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #90 (06/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #89 (06/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #88 (05/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #87 (05/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #86 (05/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #85 (04/2020)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #84 (04/2020)

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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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)

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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Labor Update Bulletin #82 (03/2020)

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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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: 

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Espanol     Tagalog     ภาษาไทย     Tiếng Việt      नेपाली     Bahasa Indonesia

ភាសាខ្មែរ     Монгол хэл     မြန်မာဘာသာ

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