English Teachers in Tokyo on the Picket Lines

Thanks to David Jobson for providing this link to picketing members of Nambu whose members include Foreign and Japanese English teachers.

From NUMBA’s website, I found this chronology of their labour activities. I also recommend having a look at their newsletter. It provides details of some of their more recent activities and the benefits they have been fighting to provide their members. Interestingly, the newsletter states that, “… the General Union is predominantly a union of language teachers…”

In fact, I’m so intrigued by this issue, I think I’m going to add a permanent like to the NAMBU newsletter.

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Okay well there is more than one union that represents English teachers in Japan.

Each prefecture has a National Union of General Workers. So from prefecture to prefecure these are sister unions but they develop their own policy separately.

So, any English teacher in any prefecture can join their local union of the National Union of General Workers. About 10 years ago this Japanese union decided to open up its membership as a community union. That is what you probably need in Taiwan to get a union going.

So, there are significant English teacher unions in the ….

National Union of General Workers Tokyo South

National Union of General Workers Osaka

National Union of General Workers Fukuoka

National Union of General Workers Kanagawa Prefecture

National Union of General Workers Sendai

National Union of General Workers Tokai

etc…

Plus there are unions outside of the National Union of General Workers such as…

Osaka Education Workers Amalgamated

and

The Part-time University Lecturers Union Tokyo

plus their are unions for Southeast Asian and South American workers who are mostly employed in manufacturing and service industries…

Zentoitsu Union and Kanagawa City Union

And most are part of an umbrella group called the Solidarity with Migrant Workers Japan which is mostly composed of Japanese health care workers and immigration activists.

Posted by: David Jobson | June 06, 2006 at 03:48

The individual branch unions at private language schools are mostly with the National Union of General Workers Tokyo South and National Union of General Workers Osaka.

The Berltiz language school is a branch union of National Union of General Workers Tokyo South and National Union of General Workers Osaka and National Union of General Workers Fukuoka.

Further, South Korea just started their first English teachers union this year!!!!

And guess what school was unionized?

Berltiz.
http://www.berlitzunionkorea.org/

By the way, within the TESOL affiliate in Japan, Japanese Association of Language Teachers, there is a progressive SIG called PALE; however, many are also union members and people often switch their volunteer labour between this SIG and their union.

Posted by: David Jobson | June 06, 2006 at 03:53

在日本有許多外國的老師工會。每個州有個全國一
般勞動組合。十年以前這個日本工會接收外國的人。
最大的外國的老師工會部在Berlitz補習班。

今年在韓國哪個部做新的工會。
http://www.berlitzunionkorea.org/

台灣也有Berlitz補習班。

Posted by: David Jobson | June 06, 2006 at 04:02

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