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On August 17th, 2016, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), began tracking a subtropical depression that soon evolved into a powerful and erratic tropical cyclone.
On August 29th, the cyclone - now named "Lionrock" - abruptly and unexpectedly changed course, placing it on an unprecedented path towards Japan's tsunami and earthquake ravaged Tōhoku region, with Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures in particular braced to feel the full brunt of Lionrock's power...
For months now, the General Union has been reporting about the situation at Rainbow International regarding cases of unpaid overtime and paid annual leave.
We last reported that the Labor Standards Office (LSO) was trying to close the case despite Rainbow failing to follow the LSO's order to pay compensation. In fact, for the last three months, the LSO officer in question has been calling our office as much as three times per day to get permission to close the case. Each time we responded with a strong refusal.
The problem was how to get the LSO to actually do their job...
Union members working at Kun'ei Girls High School have submitted demands for the 2017 academic year.
We hope to hold collective bargaining in the very near future and work towards winning our demands as we did in 2015 when we won our pay demands and school-provided computers for our members.
We submitted the following:
- That the employer discuss plans for further campus improvements.
- That the employer discuss plans for unlimited term contracts starting in 2018 based on the Labour Contract Law.
- A minimum pay rise of 50,000YEN.
As is often the case with all things in life: sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. In this case, back in the 1990s, we landed somewhere in-between.
The Higashi-Osaka Board of Education had one of the earliest direct-hire programs in all of Japan (outside of JET, that is). It was, at the time, a great program; unfortunately, there was a one major problem: a 3-year term limit placed on employment AFTER teachers were employed.
Thus, in our infancy as a union, we set out to smash the term limit completely...
It's not often that the General Union issues a "Caveat Subscriptor" warning, but given the recent number of enquiries and complaints that we have seen regarding Seiha English Academy, we decided that it would be in the public interest to advise people to perhaps think twice before deciding to work for this company.
We are inviting all current and NEW members to participate in our meeting on 2 October from 8pm and to vote on our next round of demands.
Members, new and current, can partiicpate in person at the union office or via skype. Even if you can't come out, you will be sent a link to vote on our new demands.
Here are the new demands that we are considering.
1. A pay rise for all contract instructors (amount to be discussed at the meeting).
2. Job and pay security for per lesson instructors (how will be discussed at the meeting).
We've previously discussed privacy rights in regards to things like the "My Number" system, being recorded or photographed at work, drug testing, medical checks, and various other situations in which a person's right to privacy might be violated by an employer or other entity.
However, while you might be aware that you have a right to privacy, you might not know how the laws actually protect you.
To remedy that, let's take a look at the specific laws and acts that exist to protect your individual privacy rights.