"Can my employer order me to open a bank account in order to receive my salary?"
Many dispatch companies, and eikaiwa, often insist that their new employees and contractors open a specific account with a specific bank at a specific branch - on occasion, even going so far as to send a member of staff out with the new employee to oversee the process.
Don’t let them debase the labor laws and increase death from overwork! Zenrokyo opposes the “zero overtime bill” and the amendments to the Workers Dispatch Law
Overshadowed by the talk in the mass media about the Diet debate over the Security (War) Bill, the lower-house Welfare and Labor Committee has begun discussions aimed at amending--worsening--the Dispatch Law. There was a movement to push it through the Diet early in June. This move was halted when the sudden problems happened with illegal access at the Pension Organization and leaking of personal data, but it will come up again soon anyway.
As we prepare to meet Takatsuki BoE representatives across the table at the Osaka Labor Commission in a few days, we have received notice of one victory.
The Board of Education has evaded their responsibility for enrolling AETs in unemployment insurance for almost 20 years, clearly breaking the law. They did this by claiming AETs were "ambassadors" from Toowoomba Regional Council, and not employees. A foolish claim considering that the AETs all had contracts clearly defining them as employees.
You are a Gaba Kids instructor. You have a shy five year old boy next to you who knows a lot of animal names and can count to 30 and reply to English greetings. You arrived in Japan six months ago and can barely speak any Japanese. An earthquake hits, your first.
The building shakes, the flimsy partition walls sway. You look at the glass above you and wonder - will it break? Someone told you a booth exploded in Omiya LS during the March 11th earthquake.
On May 15th, the General Union learned that a head teacher of Interac (Sendai Branch) e-mailed a newsletter to teachers in Miyagi, the contents of which contained a number of spurious and illegal comments - chief among them: claiming that teachers would not receive a salary (from their Board of Education) if they did not submit a work report on time, and encouraging teachers to privately monitor each other to ensure that ONE late report would not result in MANY teachers not getting paid.
(See: "HEAD TEACHER COULD GET INTERAC SENT TO DETENTION")
On behalf of all teachers, the General Union strongly protested the newsletter, insisting that Interac swiftly issue both a retraction and a general statement informing teachers of their actual rights.
While somewhat disingenuously played down as a "misunderstanding", the General Union is pleased to report that an apology was issued last week - the contents of which can be seen here:
Download it in pdf at www.bit.ly/greatwagesurvey
The Great Wage Survey is finished and ready for your perusal. We'd like to thank everyone who took part in getting the survey completed. Now we ask your help in getting it into the hands of your friends and co-workers.
The survey covered wages, working conditions, and the economic situation of mainly foreign workers teaching in private language schools, high/junior high/elementary schools, and universities, as well as those who teach in these workplaces and may have other jobs in either office or commercial settings as well as kindergartens.
If you have been following our news you know that the union has dealt with sexual harassment of instructors by Gaba students. Some cases have been quite extreme. Things improved to some degree when, frustrated by the lack of action by Gaba management, members went to The Japan Times.
The paper ran with the issue, publishing two articles on sexual harassment in eikaiwa in June and September last year. This forced Gaba to allow instructors to block inappropriate students from their schedules much more easily. At negotiations, a number of problematic students were discussed. One particular student was discussed in detail.
We’re still here
Maybe you haven’t heard from us for some time, but remember, we’re still here. Union members are still negotiating with the company over how you will be reimbursed for the five minutes before, between, and after lessons.
We beat the company’s unilateral plan to give with one hand and take with the other.
It was union members and teachers who joined after the company’s October announcement who forced the company to withdraw its proposals and enter into negotiations. If it wasn’t for union members at Berlitz you would have “bought a pig in a poke”.
Now, teach that expression to your students.