20 October 2017
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.
The General Union, along with its sister unions - the Fukuoka General Union, NUGW Tokyo Nambu, NUGW Tokyo Roso, the National Union of General Workers (our national union) - has submitted demands to the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Labour (MHWL), and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEXT). Read more.
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.