Honest Mistake? Thieves? Only Time Will Tell…

Aug 14, 2015

In their contract, the “International” Kindergarten promised to pay the teacher a monthly base salary of ¥255,000. However, for five consecutive months, the actual salary that the company paid out was noticeably (and randomly) lower than what had been agreed upon in the contract.

For those five months, the “base salary indicated by the salary specification” were as follows:

Month #1: ¥216,500
Month #2: ¥225,500
Month #3: ¥225,500
Month #4: ¥254,326
Month #5: ¥221,600

After the fifth month, having had their concerns and complaints ignored, and with the company now owing them ¥191,574 in unpaid salary, the teacher decided to quit the company and seek the GENERAL UNION’s help in investigating the issue and bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion.

At the time of writing, the GENERAL UNION has already submitted documentation to the company in an attempt to reclaim the unaccounted for discrepancies in salary, and is currently waiting to hear what excuses the company will use to justify not paying the salary that was promised.

Regardless of the “reasons” that the company gives, if the issue is not adequately resolved by the end of August, the GENERAL UNION will be taking legal action to get the former teacher the money that they are rightfully owed.

There is a word for this kind of behavior, and that word is “THEFT”.

Be sure to always keep an eye on your monthly payslips to make sure that your company isn’t skimming a little off the top in the hope that you won’t notice.

The education industry is already rampant with companies that will “nickel and dime” their employees at every chance they get in order to squeeze a little more profit out of them. Don’t let  them think that overt thievery is an acceptable way to improve their bottom lines.

Is your company taking money from your salary that you can’t explain? Are you being paid less than what your contract promises? Contact us at: union(@)generalunion.org

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