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Latest Nova Actions

Keep up to date with the NOVA dispute. Bookmark this page - we will be updating it regularly.

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Interac? Selti? W5? Altia? Borderlink? Westgate? Ziac?

Early each year there is a mad scramble amongst dispatch teachers. The union gets inundated with email and telephone calls from teachers worried that they may be non-renewed, worried that they don't have unemployment insurance.

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Are you regular?

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ECC Collective Bargaining Update

Collective bargaining is moving forward – there is positive movement on some points with the company refusing to budge on others.

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Teachers were clapping

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Not even JET positions are safe from dispatch

We recently fielded a frantic call from a JET teacher in Northern Japan.

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ECC Negotiations Set for February 5

The second round of negotiations has been set. Branch members are encouraged to attend and send ECC a message. Please note that non-members are not permitted to attend.

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Happy Holidays

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New Company, New Nova?

A year has passed and G.education has over 400 NOVA schools up and running. How have things changed? For the better? For the worse?

The jury is still out. In some ways teachers say NOVA v.2 is better than before. In other ways teachers say it is worse. But there is a consensus on two issues troubling NOVA teachers; the regularity allowance and the overtime pay rate.

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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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I don't need a bag. I need a pay increase!

Join the union and let ECC know you want a pay increase.

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Special Paid Leave

ECC, like many Japanese companies, provides school management staff and office employees with special paid leave to cover events such as family deaths and weddings. The union believes ECC should extend these benefits to full-time language instructors.

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Special Paid Leave at ECC

ECC, like many Japanese companies, provides school management staff and office employees with special paid leave to cover events such as family deaths and weddings.

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Paid Breaks

Paid Breaks = Pay increase
 Do you do the following in lesson breaks? Before your first lesson? After the last lesson? It is work. It must be paid.

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Berlitz Unions submit demands to parent campany, Benesse

Friday, October 24 More than 120 people came out to support Bengunto (Berlitz Union Tokyo) as they stepped up the campaign at Berlitz and submitted demands to their parent company, Benesse.

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October 26 in history

  • October 26, 1863 Soccer rules standardized; rugby starts as a separate game
  • October 26, 1881 Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona
  • October 26, 1945 Hilary Clinton born
  • October 26, 1972 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
  • October 26, 2007 Nova declares bankruptcy

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The Issues: ECC

ECC union members have voted and are submitting the following demands to ECC.

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Daily allowance for sub-teachers

The union is calling for ECC to provide sub-teachers with a daily allowance of 500yen.

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NOVA - Latest News

G Education (branded as Nova) is up and running with more and more schools opening. Now is the chance for teachers to take a stand and demand a fair voice in their workplace.

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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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Belitz Union Dues

Only working part-time at Berlitz? Union dues are based upon a sliding scale aimed to make union membership available to all workers. Dues range from 500 - 1000 yen per month based upon your average monthly salary.

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ECC Nagoya ALP Lottery System

Are you aware that the ECC Chubu district is the only area that uses the ALP lottery system?

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Nichibei Staff Trip: No Teachers Invited!

Nichibei organised an overnight 'Staff Training' trip to Shirahama on 7th to 8th September, and it seems to have been a great success, though we think the staff at Nichibei actually deserve much more than this as a reward for their hard work, such as a base-up pay rise and real bonuses.

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English Payslips Arrive!

Thanks to the General Union ECC branch your payslips should now be easier to understand.

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Important Notice to ECC teachers enrolled in Shakai Hoken (Employees' Health and Pension)

The Social Insurance Agency (Shakai Hoken Cho) is currently seeking confirmation that your pension records are correct.

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ECC 100 Campaign

In the summer, we launched the ECC 100 Campaign and are happy to announce that we have met the first target and won our training pay demands.

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ECC 100 Campaign On Target!

In the summer, we launched the ECC 100 Campaign and are happy to announce that we have met the first target and won our training pay demands.

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ECC Best School - A close one!

Thanks to all of you who voted in this year's Best School Survey. The results were that close that we have decided to name the top 5.

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Applying for Osaka City Public Housing

Osaka City will re-start an application process for municipal housing for low-income earning households who are in urgent situation to find housing.

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