Join us in Court to Support GU Members at Osaka University Fighting Job Security!

10月 24, 2023 ,

Join us October 26 from 10:30 and stand in solidarity with General Union members at the Osaka District Court against Osaka University. Our two plaintiffs are challenging the university’s denial of their status as employees and thus the university’s failure to grant unlimited term contracts. Read more about the dispute

By attending this court hearing, you will send a powerful message that we will not tolerate the denial of fair rights and demand equal treatment for all.


On October 17, our member shared their statement in court. Read their statement and share! We hope to see you showing your support in court October 26.

Good afternoon.

First of all, I would like to thank the court for giving me the opportunity to make this brief statement. I would also like to thank all the supporters who are here today to show their solidarity. I really appreciate your being here. Finally, I would like to thank the lawyers representing us, Ms. Sadaoka and Mr. Murasumi.

I will keep this statement brief and just give you a little bit of my history and the history of this case. Like many teachers in the education industry in Japan, I first started working in Eikaiwas. After a while doing that, I decided to go back to school to get a master’s degree to both improve my teaching and to improve my employment prospects. My goal was to get a position teaching at a university because I understood that the conditions were better and that the work was more satisfying.

I got my first positions at universities in 2004. At that time, I started working for two private universities, and for the Osaka University of Foreign Languages, which was also known as Osaka Gaidai. Osaka University of Foreign Languages hired me directly. In other words, I was an employee of the Osaka University of Foreign Languages. In 2007, Osaka University of Foreign Languages merged with Osaka University. At that point, a steady worsening of conditions began. At some point, Osaka university began to claim that I and other part time teachers were not employees but rather were independent contractors. I do not recall them making this change in status clear to us, nor was it clear that this change had been made in the contracts that I signed. I have since learned that these kinds of contracts are referred to in the media as camouflage contracts and that companies that use these kinds of contracts are referred to as black companies. I never imagined that a National University would use the kinds of tactics that black companies use to both evade the law and to avoid their responsibilities to society. And yet here we are.

Unfortunately, Osaka University is not the only institution using unethical and questionably legal methods such as camouflage contracts, arbitrary term limits, and “cooling periods” to dodge and weave their way around their obligations under the Labour Contract Law. This case is important not only for workers at Osaka University, but also for workers at all the other institutions that are flagrantly and too often with impunity evading their obligations under the law.

The General Union, both its executives and its members, has been incredibly supportive throughout this ordeal. Once again, I would like to thank all the General Union members who have come here today in a demonstration of their solidarity with our struggle for fair and just treatment by our employer, Osaka University.

– D.C