Unlimited term contracts are not completely unheard of in the eikaiwa industry; they exist at Berlitz, and the other major language schools do have a number of foreign regular employees – ECC has just one!
The branch is also demanding that ECC explain the system to calculate yearly performance-based increases, and provide an across the board 3.8% base salary increase. Full-time instructors have not seen a base increase since 1998 when the current 29.5 hour contract was introduced.
Yearly performance-based increases appear to be completely random, with some instructors not receiving a raise at all.
We also plan to address issues relating to fixed paid holidays, special leave, which regular employees already enjoy, and asking ECC to clarify its position on discrimination in the workplace.