Tozen

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Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union
Tokyo General Union (logo).gif
Native name 全国一般東京ゼネラルユニオン
Founded April 2010
Country Japan
Website tokyogeneralunion.org

Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union (全国一般東京ゼネラルユニオン Zenkoku ippan tōkyō zeneraru yunion?) is a Japanese labor union. Known as the Tokyo General Union, or Tozen (東ゼン Tōzen?), it was founded on April 25, 2010 by Louis Carlet, Dave Ashton, Tony Dolan and others. It is a general amalgamated union, and thus does not restrict membership by industry.[1]

However, Tozen's members tend to be from the publishing, banking, universities and foreign language teaching industries, with most members located in the Kanto region.

The executive president is Hifumi Okunuki. The general secretary is Gaetan Moreau.[2]

Founding of the union[edit]

Tozen Union was created by a mass defection of most foreigners and some Japanese members of National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu. The NUGW is an older union which traces its roots back to 1956, with the founding of Jōnan Chūshō Gōdō Rōdōkumiai (城南中小合同労働組合?).

In 1994, the National Union of General Workers Tokyo South was formed, then renamed NUGW Tokyo Nambu in 2003. In 2004, the Foreign Workers Caucus was formed inside Nambu, which would eventually come to have 11 local branches.

On April 25, 2010, six of these branches voted to separate from Nambu and form Tozen. Tozen has since added 11 more locals for a total of 17 active locals, according to its own website.

Tozen obtained official corporate registration in July 2010, according to its own website.

While Tozen uses General Union in its name, it has only casual ties to the General Union, Fukuoka General Union and the National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu. Tozen and General Union both have locals/branches at Gaba, Nova, Bunsai Gakuen, Shane, Berlitz and Interac.

Locals[edit]

Tozen has a number of local unions at different workplaces, including: The Japan Times, Linguaphone, Philippine National Bank, Syndicat des Employés de l’Institut franco-japonais, Lyceé franco-japonais, Sophia University, Gaba, Japan College of Foreign Languages, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Simul Academy, Coco Juku (Nichii Gakkan), Mitsui Fuso, Apple Japan, NCC and Shane English School. Tozen also represents ALTs[3] at various companies as well as university workers and teachers.

Actions[edit]

Tozen is an activist union and has taken action through the courts and industrial relations bureaucracy a number of times as well as engaging in strikes, leafleting, demonstrations, rallies and freedom of information campaigns. Tozen President (former Paralegal) Hifumi Okunuki began in February 2012 a column in the Japan Times called Labor Pains, in which she details famous labor law court cases.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Tozen was cited by the US Human Rights report for Japan for the union's long campaign to enroll teachers in shakai hoken health and pension insurance.[13] Tozen also spoke with political activist Noam Chomsky in March 2014.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Tozen". Tozen. August 6, 2010. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Still waiting for that last paycheck". The Japan Times. May 18, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Japan Times - News on Japan, Business News, Opinion, Sports, Entertainment and More". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Court Backs Right to Strike
  5. ^ Tepco Liable to Workers
  6. ^ "The Japan Times - News on Japan, Business News, Opinion, Sports, Entertainment and More". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Supreme Court knocks down discipline of mentally ill employee". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Japan Times - News on Japan, Business News, Opinion, Sports, Entertainment and More". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "In 'right-to-work' Japan, employees should also have the right to rest - The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "No legal cure-all for fixed-term job insecurity". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Oversleeping radio anchor set tough precedent for firing staff". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "A promise of employment is binding, Supreme Court ruled in late 1970s case". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013". state.gov. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  14. ^ [1]

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