Begunto officially issued a strike warning to the company on the morning of Wednesday December 28. Acting President of Begunto Chris Power & VP Schott met with Hiraga-san, (Executive President of NUGW Nambu) at Nambu’s new office in Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, in order to stamp (hanko) the documents and fax them to the company.
Berlitz is planning on introducing a new type of employment contract in Jan 2017. The union believes this will cause a degradation in working conditions for existing employees, with PL teachers the hardest hit.
After 2 years of patient negotiation on behalf of Begunto, we have decided another type of action is warranted. The union has made demands in relation to the protection of PL teachers & PL income. The company as yet has made little effort to address this key demand.
Management has requested to meet with the union on Jan 6 at HQ.
We will keep you posted.