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AEON Leafletting Brings Results

After just a few days of leafleting at AEON Nagoya training sessions, management is running scared.

Union member receives overtime pay

Before the union had time to formally demand overtime pay for our members, management has suddenly paid one member's overtime. Some Aeon managers will say you are not entitled to paid overtime. So why did they pay our members overtime? Japanese labour law clearly states that all overtime must be paid for.

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AEON does about face over housing issue

Ever wondered about leaving AEON housing? It isn't uncommon for teachers to be told this is impossible, that they must continue to pay rent until the end of their employment contract. This is untrue and a violation of housing laws.

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AEON Nagoya does about face over housing

Ever wondered about leaving AEON housing? It isn't uncommon for teachers to be told this is impossible, that they must continue to pay rent until the end of their employment contract. This is untrue and a violation of housing laws.

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AEON Nagoya Leafletting Brings Results

After just a few days of leafletting at AEON Nagoya training sessions, management is changing its tune.

Union member receives overtime pay

Before the union had time to formally demand overtime pay for our members, management has suddenly paid one member's overtime.

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The union in smaller workplaces

Most of the news that we report at the General Union is the bigger cases but we do a lot of work at smaller companies too. Here is one such case.

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ECC - The Issues

Why 100 yen? Starting salaries for full-time instructors have remained constant since the 29.5 hour contract was introduced ten years ago.

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GABA Teachers Win a Pay Increase!

GABA teachers have unionized and are seeing direct results. Shortly into negotiations the company announced an across the board increase of 100yen per lesson for teachers: an increase of over 6% for the lowest paid teachers. Teachers with Belt training have received an increase of 200yen per lesson: an increase of 10% for many. Depending on the number of lessons taught, that is a monthly pay increase of 15,000 - 40,000yen per month.

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AEON Teachers: Working Too Much?

Learn how to say no to unreasonable demands on YOUR time. Join us in our campaign to win unpaid overtime.

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ECC vs. AEON

Compare conditions at ECC to teachers at AEON. This is why we want a decent pay increase and decent training pay rates.

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ECC Yen 100 Campaign

ECC union membership has voted and are launching the ECC 100 campaign.

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Repression and Revolt in Japan - The G8 Summit

Over the past week and a half, an unprecedented political crackdown has been enacted in advance of a series of economic summits around the country.

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Our training is so good

"The quality of the training is high and many other institutes would charge you for a similar training or qualification."Quote from ECC's recruitment website.

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ECC Branch Summer BBQ

It's on - the First Annual ECC Branch Summer BBQ Date - Sunday August 3rd 2008

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Matsubara Returns to Direct Hire

ALTs at Matsubara-city are set to benefit from better working conditions after the city Board of Education (BoE) made a major decision to revert back to direct hire.

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General Union signs mediated agreement with G.Education & G.Communication

Settlement Agreement

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General Union wins working time for writing reports, postcards, and certificates!

In recent negotiations with ECC the General Union won assurances that instructors will be given sufficient time during working hours to write KEW Assessment Reports, seasonal greeting cards, and completion certificates.

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Berlitz Teachers on Strike

Begunto (The Berlitz General Union Tokyo, a local of Nambu) maintained and expanded its 2007 shunto strike during this year’s shunto, focusing on two demands: a 4.6% across-the-boards base pay hike and a one month bonus.

Nearly half of all 46 Berlitz schools in the Kanto plain have been hit by walkouts since the dispute began last December. Over 55 teachers have joined in the time-fixed, volunteer strikes, making it by many accounts the largest enduring work stoppage in the history of Japan’s language industry.

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2008 ECC Best School Survey

It’s that time again, time for the annual ECC Best School Survey. Can Nishinomiya (Kinki District) and Kanayama Honko (Chubu District) do it again and win for the second survey running?

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Nichibei English Service Branch Makes Shunto Demands

he Nichibei Eigo Gakuin (Nichibei English Service) branch of the General Union sent demands to Nichibei president Mr Tamotsu Kanehisa on 19th March for:

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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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ECC members demand pay increase and permanent contracts

The ECC Branch has submitted new demands for collective bargaining. Sick and tired of the stress of having to renew contracts every March we are asking ECC to abolish annual contracts.

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English Payslips Still Coming?

In March 2007, the General Union ECC Branch reported that ECC answered union demands for English payslips saying that they would proactively look into the matter. Nine months have passed and still no English payslips.

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Advice concerning Unemployment Insurance ('Rishokuhyo' and procedures for payments) for those who ha

All NOVA teaching staff were dismissed as of the last day of November, and were sent a ‘Rishokuhyo’ by the court-appointed receiver. Already, there should be those who are receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits.

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Living in Japan

Information on life in Japan

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ECC Frequently Asked Questions

Dismissals/Non-renewals Housing Insurance Unemployment Resignations Taxes Holidays - Annual Paid Leave Holidays - National Sick Leave

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Union's legal victories at Nichibei Eigo Gakuin 1998-

Note: These PDF documents are in Japanese only

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Nichibei Branch History 1993~

1993 February: 'Nichibei Teachers' Cooperative' is set up in the Tennoji school by General Union members to protect conditions.

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F.A.Q.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the General Union Nichibei Branch, but were afraid to ask.

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Why join? - GU Nichibei Branch 日米英語学院支部

Our union has been protecting and improving your working conditions for 14 years inside the company.

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