Employment law in Japan is actually quite favorable for employees but unscrupulous companies and lack of awareness contribute to harsh working conditions. Before I begin this post, I must declare a vested interest. I am a proud member of a labour union and I am a passionate supporter of those who fight to defend the rights of workers in Japan and elsewhere around the world. Furthermore I will add that what I say from this point onward is my own opinion and not necessarily representative of my employers and I am probably afflicted with a certain degree of political bias. For that, I shall apologize in advance. Those of us who, like me, have worked in Japan for more than a few years will have noticed the steep decline in working conditions for English teachers.
Membership has plummeted and once-powerful groups have lost clout as conservative governments oppose worker activism. Labour union demands for wage increases were boldly submitted. To underline their steely determination, workers walked off the job in the spring. Trains were halted, leaving millions of commuters stranded and angry.
Working at an International School? Interested in the situation of workers at International Schools? Join our Webinaire on workers rights and stopping abuses of staff rights at international schools in Japan. Learn about our struggle at Nagoya International School and how you can help organise your workmates. At Nagoya International Schools, employees are divided into local and non-local hires with non-local hires being deprived of these government mandated insurances.