On April 1, 2013 the Tokyo Metropolitan Government implemented the Stranded Commuters Ordinance. This is a direct result of what was learned from the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011. At the time, 5.15 million people were stranded in metropolitan Tokyo.
The Japan Times has published another article dealing with incidents of sexual harassment in the English teaching industry. It is very sad that this kind of article is necessary, but it is. Sexual harassment in the workplace should not be accepted, and if it occurs it should be dealt with by employers. Unfortunately this is often not the case, particularly when the person doing the harassment is a client.
After months of preparation, we are happy to announce the formation of our new union branch at Osaka City Board of Education. Known as Osaka Cnets, the branch consists of Native English Teachers (NETS) who teach alongside Japanese English teachers.
Four years on from the acquisition of GEOS and a long period of restructuring and branding changes, things at Nova have stabilized. Old branches have been renovated, several new branches have opened, and new educational material is being published.
As many of you know, the General Union is suing Nippon Steel Sumikin Intercom (NSSI) over the illegal dismissal of two workers. At first the company claimed restructuring, however we have found evidence of the company advertising positions that our members could have done.
In order to gain a better understanding of wages, working conditions, and job security, mainly for those involved in language education, the General Union is conducting a survey. We hope to use the information that we gather to help in future negotiations over wages and conditions.
Kansai International School/Sakura International School is notorious for its paid holiday system. Now someone has finally done something about it.
After consulting the union, one teacher applied to use her remaining paid holidays when resigning from the company. This is your right. Rather than being intimidated by the company’s refusal to pay and stopping there, the teacher took action.