First wins in Takatsuki City AET fight

For those of you following this case we are happy to report two victories. Though just a first step in our fight with Takatsuki Board of Education, it is a good start.

Since beginning to negotiate with the BoE in late 2014, bureaucrats have taken the line that our members are not employees. This is despite their contracts clearly stating it is an employment contract. The Board of Education also arranged regular employee visas for AETs, and deducted taxes from their salaries like regular employees. Amongst the “misinformation” the BoE have been giving is that AETs are "ambassadors" and not workers.

Common sense has now prevailed though and on March 31, two government offices have recognized that the AETs are employees.

1. The Labor Standards Inspection Office formally recognized the eligibility of Ms X’s case as an injury covered by the Workers’ Accident Compensation Insurance. In short, she is recognized as an employee.

2. The Public Employment Security Office formally recognize the eligibility of Mr Y for enrollment in Unemployment Insurance. He too is recognized as a worker.




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