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January 30, 2004

General Union vs. Berlitz

The General Union is once again dealing with a complaint by one of its members against Berlitz Japan. The teacher complained that he received only ¥130,000 for the pay period of December 18th 2003 - January 17th 2004, during which he had to be available for a total of 354 hours. The instructor was given 65 units, which are made up of 45-minute traveling and 40-minute teaching periods, at ¥2,000 per unit. But based on his availability, the rate calculates at ¥367 per hour. The General Union has challenged Berlitz Japan for several years about what it refers to as an "illegal contract." The two sides will be meeting in February to negotiate a change to the company's current range of contracts. Berlitz Japan has informed the union that they have an offer to make.

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