Hi Blog. What follows is a recording the PALE SIG Forum, from our specialist group with in JALT concerned with issues of Professionalism, Administration, and Leadership in Education. Ancient archives here, current website here.
PALE SIG Forum: Labor relations in Japan
Content area: Administration, Management, & Employment Issues
From recruitment through retirement (or dismissal), labor laws, court precedents, and labor unions affect educational workers. Educational workers, especially non-Japanese, however, are not well informed or even misled about this. For example, though Westerners want written contracts, Japanese labor advocates recommend not signing contracts in some cases to protect employment rights. This recommendation is based on labor law and court precedents. Accordingly, labor unions play a more crucial role in protecting worker rights than some think.
Neo Yamashita, Vice Chair of the Education Workers and Amalgamated Union Osaka (EWA), gives us his decades of expertise on November 20, 2010. Podcast listenable from here. 87 minutes. No cuts.
Neo Yamashita’s handouts from the day are downloadable from here (eight pages in English), so you can follow along with his speech.
Enjoy and be informed about your labor rights in Japan. Neo Yamashita’s union can be contacted at http://ewaosaka.org