Dragging On: An update (of sorts) on the Berlitz dispute.

The Berlitz ELT Teachers’ dispute in Japan, which we have covered here and here on MTG, continues its slow march forward. Readers will remember that Berlitz management are dragging key union activists through the court because, well, because they tried to improve pay and conditions in the industry through strike action. The Berlitz union has its own legal action, which it has initiated against Management for “unfair practices” going simultaneously through Japan’s Labour Board. If successful, it would destroy management’s lawsuit. Unfortunately, the Labour Board seems reluctant to rule before the court case is finished.

The next hearing for the lawsuit will actually call witnesses; up to now the hearings have only been about the submission of documents (which management have consistently stalled on). The union will call as few witnesses as possible to speed up the process but it is predictable that management will continue to drag out proceedings.

As you can all probably imagine, the dispute must obviously be putting an enormous strain on these brave fighters but they have not given in. The union recently gathered outside Berlitz headquarters to distribute leaflets about the strike and the lawsuit.

Our thoughts are with our comrades in struggle.


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One response to “Dragging On: An update (of sorts) on the Berlitz dispute.

  1. marxistelf

    Apologies to those trying to access, http://www.berlitzuniontokyo.org/
    the website publicising Berlitz union campaigns, including the strike and court action.
    The person who was running the website (and one of the members being sued) has actually left Japan for health reasons. We would like to point out that the health problems (though serious) were not caused by any stress resulting from the lawsuit.
    We can imagine, however, what strain this viscious management bullying is putting on those being sued. We can also understand how the website might be the last priority for those workers at the moment. We at MTG will try to keep you updated about the dispute and the two court actions as they unfold.
    Whatever solidarity and support can be given these workers should be given. They can be contacted via: begunto1@yahoo.com

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