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April 18, 2010

Board of Education's outsourcing of ALT contracts found illegal

judge.jpegThe local labor office has instructed Kashiwa Board of Education to stop outsourcing ALT positions. The Board of Education had been using 23 teachers from an outsourcing agency and sending them to 61 elementary and junior high schools. A labor union complained to the labor office that the teachers were, in reality, temporary workers, not subcontractors, because they were being directly supervised by the Board of Education.

The Mainichi Shimbun reports: 'Under the current law, companies and other business operators must offer a direct contract to their temporary workers after they have completed the first three years of work. Moreover, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's labor guidelines require a minimum three-month interval before the two parties enter into another temporary contract.'

'In August last year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology instructed local boards of education nationwide to switch consigning contracts for ALTs to either direct or temporary employment. A subsequent survey by the ministry has revealed that 670 municipalities still maintained their outsourcing arrangements for native English class teachers, of which 439 responded they were not planning to change their current practices.'

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