Peppy Dispute Comes To A Close

The first article written about the General Union and Peppy Kids Club ("Working At Peppy Kids Club?") was written on May 17th, 2012. Since that time, much has been done to create better working conditions for everyone involved - much to the dismay of management.

We've borne witness to the formation of the Peppy Kids Club Branch; demanded that the company follow the law and provide working rules as per Article 106 of the Labor Standards Act; pressed the company to provide unemployment insurance; tackled the company's unenforceable confidentiality agreements; and butted heads several times over the company's insistence on making employees pay for their own business-related travel expenses up front and out of their own pocket.

In December of 2012, Peppy Kids Club retaliated by firing the Chair of the Peppy Kids Branch of the General Union. The company attempted to dismiss this action as a non-renewal of contract due to poor performance.

Suffice to say, the General Union took swift action. ("Peppy Kids Club Fires Branch Chair - Union Moves Into Action")


In response to the company's actions, more and more people joined our cause, and the union launched strike actions, resulting in the company breaching more Trade Union laws in the panic that ensued. ("Peppy Kids Club Strikes")


In the months and years that have followed, neither the union nor its Peppy Kids Branch have given up the chase.

Although these things do tend to take time, the General Union has finally settled with Peppy Kids Club via mediation at the Osaka Prefectural Labour Commission.

The story doesn't end there, though...


Between the time that the Branch Chair the General Union managed (via negotiations) to win quite a few victories along the way - a grievance procedure among them!

Even with all this under our belt, the General Union has no interest in resting on its laurels. We know that we can do more, and we know that - with your help - we can continue to make improvements at the company for everyone.

Imagine how things would still be without the General Union to fight for a change, and then imagine the real differences that we can continue to make together.


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