Gaba re-hires Francis Strange

March 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm 6 comments

Wow. According to an article on the General Union’s website from last month Gaba re-hired Francis Strange, the union leader who they fired last November. I don’t think that this has ever happened before – if Gaba decides to get rid of you, you are gone. No severance pay, no completion bonus, and definitely no “thank you”.

The newspaper articles I posted about previously were mostly about the union’s lack of progress and complaints about the way things work at the company, and despite the efforts to paint what they were doing in the best possible light, most of the articles on their website were also. Complaining about the poor conditions, detailing the various cases they lodged with the government to try to get improvements, etc. In reality nothing changed at the LS from all those filings with the government. Still no transport pay, debeltings continued unabated, and from what I can tell the company still refused to talk to the union. Gaba also suing the government, the union and then firing the leader of the union branch indicated the company wasn’t very interested in changing anything.

Now they re-hire him, which is a pretty big thing. As far as I can see, it is the first concrete thing that the union has managed to achieve since they started organizing in 2007. The union’s website talks about them negotiating with new owners Nichii Gakkan and Gaba and getting them to drop their lawsuits and then rehire Strange. I don’t know what to think about this other than the new owners are the main factor. It was widely known that the old owners Daiwa just wanted to get away from Gaba as soon as possible. Because of this, I doubt they wanted to change anything. But Nichii Gakkan paid $127 million for Gaba, so I guess they are in for the long haul.

I don’t know what this means long term, but some type of a change has taken place. I’ll be interested to see what other sort of changes this heralds.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lurker  |  March 5, 2012 at 6:01 am

    It is practically impossible to even get a negative evaluation cancelled, so to get rehired – that is something!

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  • 2. gundam  |  March 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.

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  • 3. Boothmonkey  |  March 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Go union!

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  • 4. Julie  |  March 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Don’t forget that when the union was first declared it basically brought a pay increase. Gaba was trying to keep people from joining. It was a 100yen per lesson increase per lesson. I give them credit for that.

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  March 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

    That is great news. I’ve seen Gaba fuck with so many people over the years and get away with it. At least this time they didnt.

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    • 6. gabateachersjapan  |  March 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Thanks all for coming by and commenting. Julie, I’d forgotten about that, but you are right. The union starting up no doubt contributed to Gaba’s sudden display of generosity around that time.

      Incidentally, this blog got 127 hits yesterday, and the previous high point was 107, when the company was being sold. So, according to the internet, one person being rehired is more noteworthy than a $127 million takeover, which I find interesting.

      Reply

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