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IN THE CASE OF BANKRUPTCY

If, as feared, NOVA goes bankrupt, under the government Wage Protection Fund, 80% of owed salaries are recoverable.

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GABA Workers Demand Dignity at Work

A General Union organizing project which started in January this year in cooperation with our sister union in Tokyo has borne fruit. On 6 September, GABA workers declared a union to their employer.

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Union demands industry reform.NOVA problems force union to reexamine its demands for change

From the October 2007 edition of the National Union Voice

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NOVA workers now have a new choice

From the National Union Voice On 30 September over 100 NOVA teachers and staff packed themselves into the small General Union offices in Temmabashi with similar numbers attending meetings over two days in Tokyo.

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Mass NOVA Meeting at GU, 30 September

On 30 September over 100 NOVA teachers and staff packed themselves into the small General Union offices in Temmabashi with similar numbers attending meetings over two days in Tokyo. The big question that everyone asked was whether NOVA was going to go under.

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Union members' complaint to the Labour Standards Office wins wage payment

Our claim at the Labour Standards Office over unpaid wages was very effective, and NOVA actually paid the wages. Yesterday, we were contacted by the Labour Standards Offices inspectors and were told that NOVA would pay all outstanding wages owed to teachers.

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OPEN NOVA MEETING FOR TEACHERS & STAFFSunday, 30 Sept. from 8:15pm at union office in Temmabashi

This is a letter which was posted to the Japan Times in regards to an article about NOVA printed on 25 September.

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GU seeks clarification of ECC's Childcare Leave Policy

The ECC branch has submitted questions over childcare leave.

ECC informed the GU that full time instructors are eligible. Demands were then submitted that childcare leave be included in the the full time instructor work code. ECC has answered.

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GU British Council members win extended rights

British Council teachers in Osaka who joined the GU when we were dealing with the closure of the British Council (BC) Kyoto School have won more rights at work.

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Hirakata City bows to General Union demand for direct employment of ALTs

Hirakata City Board of Education (BoE) has decided to return to the direct hiring of ALTs from June 2007.

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General Union anti-dispatching campaign makes the news

On March 24th the General Union took its campaign against the dispatching of ALTs to Boards of Education to the mass media.

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STOP ILLEGAL DISPATCHING TO BOARDS OF EDUCATION!

In January 2007, the General Union conducted a survey among the Boards of Education of all cities, towns and villages in Osaka Prefecture to assess the employment conditions of Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs).

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Education boards hit for using contract staff as ALTs (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Twenty-three municipal boards of education in Osaka Prefecture are suspected of using native English-speaking contract workers as assistant language teachers and placing them under the control of schools, a possible violation of the Temporary Staffing Services Law, an Osaka-based union announced Thursday.

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English Payslips Coming Soon?

How much of your payslip do you understand? For a large number of instructors it is a bunch of numbers and a lot of Japanese. Do you even know if you have been paid correctly?

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Hearings to start at Osaka Labour Commission

Hearings in the Unfair Labour Practices case against Nichibei will be held on 13 February 2007, 10-12am and 14 March, 10-12am at Osaka Labour Commission.

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Nichibei opens new school in Ikebukuro

or years, Nichibei claimed that they were in financial hard straits - before we checked up on their finances and found that they have never been in the red and are actually making good profits.

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Excel Branch launches wage, job security, and union rights campaign

After finally settling a four year dispute regarding cut wages and employment rights the General Union Matsushita Branch members, submitted new demands to their employer on 11 November.

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ECC Speak Survey

Speak has become an important educational tool at ECC for students and teachers alike.In an industry first, ECC students now have an advanced tool to practice and review for FTL lessons.

The General Union is concerned that instructors are not familiar with Speak. Some instructors have never had an opportunity to use Speak and are not familiar with the benefits it provides ECC students.

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AEON raises pay with Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension)

The General Union's Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension) Campaign has directly resulted in improved working conditions for new teachers at AEON.

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Branch Leadership Roles

ECC Branch Chair: Duties include calling and presiding over branch executive meetings and branch meetings. Liaising with the General Union executive committee over branch activity, campaigns, demands, negotiations and grievances. Submitting reports to the General Union Executive Committee and coordination of union communication with branch members.

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Shunto 2006 Diary

 2006 27 Feb: Strike 4 March: Strike 6 March: Strike

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Nichibei sued for 5th time for Unfair Labour Practices

Nichibei takes down union materials unilaterally from members' lockers and then sends letter forbidding any union activity in the workplace.

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Nichibei sued for 4th time for Unfair Labour Practices

Vice-president Noriko Kuroda continues to slander the union and its leaders despite losing the last case at Osaka Labour Commission.

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GU wins Shakai Hoken at ECC

After a hard fought fight, the General Union and ECC have signed a historic collective agreement over Shakai Hoken (Health and Pension) on 28th July 2006.

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HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY, NICHIBEI EIGO GAKUIN!

We, the union members at Nichibei Eigo Gakuin, would like to congratulate President Tamotsu Kanehisa and Vice-president Noriko Kuroda on 25 years of healthy profit-making.

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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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A Tale of Bad Faith and Slander

Nichibei Eigo Gakuin appeals to Tokyo Central Labour Commission against Osaka Labour Commission's ruling of Unfair Labour Practices Nichibei has appealed to Tokyo Central Labour Commission against the very clear ruling of Osaka Labour Commission.

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Nichibei Eigo Gakuin judged guilty of Unfair Labour Practices

On 7 June 2006, Nichibei Eigo Gakuin (Head Office Kita-ku, Osaka, President Mr Tamotsu Kanehisa) was found guilty by Osaka Prefectural Labour Commission of violations of Trade Union Law

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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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