05 October 2017

Article 20 Lawsuit To Reduce Employment Disparities At Japan Post: The General Union Responds

On September 14th, 2017, a noteworthy decision was handed down by the Tokyo District Court: Read more.

Shakai Hoken? With Fewer Than 30 Hours? Yes!

Shakai Hoken/Shigaku Kyosai is health and pension insurance provided through your employer, with both parties paying 50% of the costs. Until recently, it was very difficult to get enrolled if you didn't work at least 30 hours per week, leading many employers to offer 29.5 hour contracts. Read more.

Claiming Unemployment Benefits - One Member's Experience

Recently, one of our members lost their job and - for the first time ever - found themselves able apply for unemployment benefits, thanks to having been previously enrolled in unemployment insurance (as the law requires). Because the information might be of benefit to other people in similar situations, our member wanted to share their experience in the hope that others may be able to use it as a guide in the future. Read more.

Public labour workshops in Kansai and Tokai

  • Worried about being fired after five years?
  • Has your employer informed you of their five year plan?
  • What does an unlimited term contract mean for your job?
  • Did you know that part timers can also get health and pension insurance?
  • Dispatched? Find out how your conditions should be improving Read more.

"Let's PARiTY" Campaign Kicks Off

With the number of HISEIKI workers (irregular workers on limited term contracts - See “Regular vs Irregular workers. What's the difference”) in Japan approaching 40%, the General Union has started a campaign to win improvements for our members who are 99% HISEIKI. Read more.

Labor Update Bulletin #16 (09/2017)

This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed, in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan. Read more.