Shunto 2012 demands
(Updated May 24th, 2012)
1) The company reinstate Walter Fahnestock and pay all back pay.
2) Company implement a 3% base up pay hike for all employees. (Last year we asked for 2.3%. Previously having asked for and struck for 4.6%, then we lowered our demand because of the bad economy and business situation. However, this year showed good profits- a memo publicly posted for employees stated this- so we increased our demand to reflect this).
3) The company pay a month’s bonus for all employees. (Last year we asked that “The company introduce a bonus system based on lesson volume – one month’s salary for every 10% annual increase in lesson volume, pro-rated accordingly.” This year’s demand is less complicated to implement and understand.)
4) Company retract the warning letters regarding industrial action issued to those who struck after Nov 10, 2008.
5) Company disclose quarterly profit/loss statements and annual balance sheets to union. (Berlitz maintains that it’s a private company and had no obligation to reveal any information, but a Union negotiator remembers them doing so in the past. The Union’s stance is that it would consider adjusting it’s demands based on the financial state of the company.)
6) Company maintain former pension enrollment criteria irrespective of Shakai Hoken enrollment.
7) Company negotiate with and obtain consent of Betunto before implementing any policy change or initiating any new policy.
8 ) Company immediately re-enroll all teachers kicked off Shakai Hoken or private pension scheme.
9) Company enroll all employees who wish to be in Shakai Hoken.
10) Company drop civil court case against the union executives and unions and withdraw the appeal which they made to the higher courts, upon losing the case in the Tokyo Court in Feb 2012.
11) Company pay five minute intervals before and after each scheduled unit of work at instructor’s rate.
1) Request for scheduled earthquake drills ASAP
2) Request IS check on location of emergency supply cabinet in each school (delivered a few years ago but some teachers have never seen nor heard of them) and replenish expired food
3) Request management prepare an emergency scenario with Union Input
4) Request one day a year to hold earthquake drills at each school and have sales people walk instructors through at outservice locations on their first visit.
5) Request each employee’s contact files be updated each year on their birthday for contact info here and back in their home countries.