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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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Holidays

Nichibei English Service Teachers! Did You Know?

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Union Protests Mass Dimissals at G-EducationOPEN MEETING 8 January at 10:00AM at L-Osaka

NOVA OPEN MEETING 8 January 2007 at 10:00AM at L-Osaka

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From General Union to ex Nova instructors and staff

No doubt you have already heard that G-Education has sprung a nasty Christmas present on those teachers (and staff?) who were waiting for formal re-hiring.

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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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OPEN MEETINGS FOR NOVA TEACHERS AND STAFF 29 OCTOBER/EMERGENCY ADVICE FOR TEACHING STAFF

NOVA applies for Corporate Rehabilitation

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Nichibei Eigo Gakuin: Peace Talks Collapse in Tokyo

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