Monday, March 17, 2008 9:46 pm
Nova Corp. operated more than 900 language schools when it filed for bankruptcy in October last year.
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Ex-Nova teacher’s labor union file for economical aid
Labor union “General Union” representing teachers from bankrupt English conversation school chain Nova Corp. filed for aid with the Osaka prefectural labor relations commission on Monday, claiming that Nova’s successor, Nagoya-based G.communications Co.‘s refusal to attend negotiations falls under unfair labor practices, Japanese media reports.
The union claims that some teachers previously employed by Nova were re-hired by G.communications, but has since December last year refused to renew contracts and also dismissed several teachers, breaching the agreement to rehire all teachers who had been laid off when Nova went bankrupt.
The union also claims that G.communication has discriminated against a teacher who holds a senior position in the union by not informing the teacher of job interviews that were conducted from last November, according to a Kyodo News report.
“Though G.communication should conclude new contracts, it is refusing to renew contracts, saying the contract periods with Nova have expired. This is clearly unjust,” union chairman Katsuji Yamahara was quoted as saying by Kyodo News.
G.communications have so far refrained the comment on the subject, according to Yomiuri Shimbun.
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