The Interac Union – Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union Tozen ALTs


August 13, 2009

自己紹介

Category: Announcement – Author: エリック – 4:29 PM

My name is Erich and I am a member of Nambu FWC, a former member and a current friend of the Osaka based General Union. I joined the GU a few years ago to improve the working conditions in the city that I lived and worked, Matsubara, Osaka. We in the GU were able to convince/force/persuade the BOE (Board of Education) of Matsubara to hire their ALTs directly, thus improving the working conditions by orders of magnitude. The GU was able to put pressure on other BOEs where our members chose to fight as well, and they were recently able to liberate the city of Hirakata, improving the working conditions
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July 25, 2009

Immigration and Health Insurance

Category: Announcement,Insurance,News,The Law – Author: エリック – 8:46 PM

Time is running out!

Recently announced changes to immigration guidelines link your visa to enrollment in government approved health insurance. This means kokumin kenko hoken or shakai hoken/shigaku kyosai (Employee’s health & Pension).
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January 6, 2008

Interac in the News – Punishment for Being Sick

Category: Insurance,News,News Archives,Stories,The Hands that Feed Us – Author: エリック – 1:50 PM

An article from January, 2008 about the fact that Interac ALTs do not get all of what they are entitled to by law.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20080105f1.html

THIS FOREIGN LAND
Assistant language teachers in trying times

By KANAKO TAKAHARA
Staff writer
Last of four parts

In November, Samantha Bouton, an assistant language teacher working at a public elementary school in the rural town of Shibayama, Chiba Prefecture, had a fever of 38.5 degrees and was diagnosed as suffering bronchitis.

Because of her illness, Bouton, a 25-year-old U.S. native from Oregon who has been teaching in Japan’s public schools since 2004, had to take leave for two weeks.

But her employer, Interac, a temp staff dispatch agency and leading provider of ALTs in Japan, told her she had already used up her seven days of annual paid leave — less than the 12 days she is entitled to under labor law — to cover the days she was sick.
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November 26, 2007

Interac in the News

Category: News,The Hands that Feed Us – Author: エリック – 5:45 PM

This is an archived post from the old General Union Interac Branch website, written by an undeclared union member (thus the nickname rather than the name):


Hi all. Corrector here.

Many of you may have seen this before through the original link on Let’s Japan earlier this year, but I wanted to highlight the story here as well. This report aired on NHK on June 30th, 2007. The first part covers a bit of NOVA (old NOVA that is, not neo/G.Communications/NOVA), and then the second part covers the hardships of some awesome people working as teachers in Chiba under the strangling gauntlet of Interac…


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October 27, 2005

Historic Collective Bargaining with Interac

Category: Action,Archives,News Archives – Author: エリック – 7:30 PM

October 28, 2005
Nambu and the Nambu Interac Branch held its first ever collective bargaining with Interac management on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm.
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June 25, 2005

Interac Demo, Round 2

Category: Action,Archives – Author: エリック – 8:26 PM

June 25, 2005
Over 15 members showed up Saturday morning for the second Interac demonstration. (more…)

June 11, 2005

Interac Demonstration

Category: Action,Archives,News Archives – Author: エリック – 8:21 PM

Activities of an old branch which highlights a typical reaction by Interac to the Union branches of the past. This post was originally published on the Nambu Site in 2005:

June 11, 2005
Each Saturday morning Interac offers free Japanese lessons to ALTs at HQ. So we were right back out there Saturday morning with our posters and fliers – this time 17 members. We figured surely Interac wouldn’t cancel an entire class just to avoid the union’s demonstration. Again we had underestimated Interac’s cowardice.
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June 10, 2005

Interac runs from collective bargaining

Category: Action,Archives,News Archives – Author: エリック – 8:23 PM

June 10, 2005
Unable after weeks to get Interac and its slippery Chairman Seiichi Matsumoto to agree to talks…or even to talk…even on the phone, Nambu Interac Branch and several other Nambu activists went to Interac HQ in Iidabashi Friday evening to demand collective bargaining.
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