Gaba Open Meeting - Sunday, September 25

Come to an open meeting to find out what the General Union is doing to win employee benefits at Gaba TOKYO Date: Sunday, September 25 2011


What's Gaba trying to hide?

Gaba has blocked the union website from their company computers, is withholding registered union mail from instructors and counselors alike at the LS and has demanded several union members neither discuss union activities nor distribute union literature at the workplace.


Gaba Branch Organizing Committee


Adrian (Chair)

I am from Australia, and have been working for Gaba since April 2006. I work in the Akasaka and Futakotamagawa Learning Studios. I have been a union member since November 2008, and I notified the company of my membership in November 2009.

I joined the union because I believe that we all deserve decent working conditions, and that workers acting together is the best way to achieve this.


 Robert (Secretary)

I am from Jamaica and I've been with the company since 2003 and have worked at various learning studios. I, just as every instructor, would like to have improved working conditions, fair treatment for everyone and a healthy and rewarding relationship with the company. This can only happen through communication and being proactive.

Within the current framework, individual instructors cannot effectively represent themselves with the company. We are all in the same boat and whatever changes take place affect each and every one of us. The union is one of the main channels through which we can collectively effect a positive change, not only for ourselves but for all parties involved.


Eric (Executive Officer)

I am from the Philippines, and have been with Gaba since May 2006. I have worked in various Learning Studios in Kanagawa, mainly in Yokohama LS, but I now work in Omiya LS in Saitama.

I have been a union member since November 2010, and declared my membership in May 2012. I joined the union because we deserve better working conditions and for job security.



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Instructors win right to union representation

In December 2009 the Osaka Labor Commission made a ruling that confirmed Gaba instructors have the right to union representation under Trade Union Law. Gaba attempted to appeal the decision at the Central Labor Commission but the appeal has been rejected this week. The ruling stands. Gaba instructors have rights under Trade Union Law.


GABA Teachers Win a Pay Increase!

GABA teachers have unionized and are seeing direct results. Shortly into negotiations the company announced an across the board increase of 100yen per lesson for teachers: an increase of over 6% for the lowest paid teachers. Teachers with Belt training have received an increase of 200yen per lesson: an increase of 10% for many. Depending on the number of lessons taught, that is a monthly pay increase of 15,000 - 40,000yen per month.


GABA Workers Demand Dignity at Work

A General Union organizing project which started in January this year in cooperation with our sister union in Tokyo has borne fruit. On 6 September, GABA workers declared a union to their employer.


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