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You might have heard the term seishain (正社員) but have you heard the word sennin(専任)? And how are they different?
Both words refer to employment status and both indicate that the worker is a permanent employee, most likely entitled to bonuses (not always), and in some cases, in particular at “rich” companies, even a big lump sum of cash upon their retirement. Depending on the length of employment, this can be over 10,000,000 yen.
One of the biggest arguments for the continued existence of dispatch companies (such as Altia Central, Interac, Joytalk, and Heart Corporation) is that it is "too expensive" for boards of education to directly hire people. The contention often goes that direct hire is a luxury that only the richest boards of education can afford; a position awarded to only the most experienced and trustworthy teachers in order to justify the high cost associated with such talent.
In contrast, dispatch companies provide ALTs "on the cheap"; they "create jobs" for people that would otherwise not exist were there no other options.
Or do they?
We'll be giving you a better English update in the coming weeks, but the long awaited change to the number of years needed to qualify for a pension has been passed in parliament.
From August, 2017, the 25 required years (there was an exemption available for some people for the period after 20 years of age, and living outside of Japan) will reduce to 10 years.
Most people know that women are entitled to maternity leave prior to the birth of their child, and child care leave after the birth (child care leave is available for both parents). You might not know though that the law provides for other benefits to lighten the burden on parents.
The General Union branch organising Osaka City Native English Teachers (CNETS) has won a small victory in forcing the Osaka City Board of Education to accept the right of teachers who have health problems to claim "shobyo teate" (Accident and Sickness Compensation; the equivalent of sick pay) on their health insurance.
Up until recently, teachers who were off from work sick faced pressure from Board of Education officials to use their annual leave.
New Movement In Tohoku University's "Dismiss People Before The Labor Contract Act Revision Takes Effect" Plans
A while ago, the General Union reported on Tohoku University's plan to dismiss over three-thousand fixed-term employees in an effort to circumvent revisions to the Labor Contract Act that will force the University to improve its employment relationship with those who have worked at the University for five or more years.
Due to the incredible backlash and criticism from a coalition of unions in the area, Tohoku University has backpedalled on the issue somewhat, but the fight is still far from over...