My man TJ has passed me the latest communique from Ito. Let me take it for a spin, I'll de-bollocksise it for you.
For starters, either Ito is a flagship student of Shane. A model student to demonstrate the Shane teaching method. The personification of Shane excellence, so good is his written English.
That, or his letters to you are plainly written by Alex Cox.
Why haven't you all signed the form. We want our money back.First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize for the ongoing confusion and anger caused by the Company’s actions over recent weeks.
I would also like to extend my considerable thanks to Academic
Management for working tirelessly to push for a resolution that ends the confusion
The gaijin management would have contributed nothing, bar casually lying to teachers,
This will work 100% in the company's favour.and works for everyone, but mostly for teachers
Obviously, only one aim. Sign the form. Give us your money.I have three main aims in writing to you today
Blah, blah blah. Where is the evidence?Financial background
A large number of schools will be closing at the end of September/October
They open/close all the time. The greater Tokyo region has a mobile population, demographics change rapidly.
Sow a bit of long-term fear for the future of most yearly contractswith more potentially scheduled to close at the end of March 2021
What? Schools never return. They reopen in different, more profitable locations. More foot traffic, closer to the train station, more kids.it not only represents admitting defeat, but it costs a huge amount of money to return the location to its original state
And this is new? It has happened in Shane from the year dot.All of this, however, helps Shane to operate a more tightly run ship, with amalgamation and consolidation of schedules, plus other streamlining processes across the Company.
That'll be nice. Imaging your DoS teaching a lesson? A good lesson? I could name names. I bet you can too.As a trial, Shane is operating its first online lessons in August 2020, to be delivered by Academic Managers who haveworked hard to craft an online-friendly course and develop ways to offer the same exceptional classroom service, in an online scenario.
This is the dream. The company can have teachers anywhere in the world, pay them less, forget about accomodation, premises, visas, Tokyo salaries.We hope that this will lead to more of an online presence in the near future.
Online lessons are on the up across the world. Shane wants a taste. Try 600 yen per hour for size, with no guarantee of any fixed number of lessons.
Some outfits pay you by the minute. By the minute! And imagine all those unemployed teachers, sat at home worldwide on account of Corona. Throw in plenty of never taught before, but keen as mustard - and cheap amateurs. Throw all that into the mix, and Shane is salivating.
We never bothered in the past. Not for decades. This was forced on us by the Shane Union. We'd rather you remain in the dark regarding your legal, labor rights in Japan.Following the publication of my first letter on 29 th June 2020, and without consultation with any Academic Managers, 2 documents called roshi kyotei were sent to schools. These are legally mandated documents that must be created when there is a change to an existing agreement, specifically in relation to contracts and work conditions. ADoS, once they have the latest information, are the only Academic
Managers legally allowed to discuss and answer questions on these documents. What should have happened is that a detailed explanation of what these documents were, what they are designed to do and how you are involved in them should have been provided to you all, but it wasn’t so please accept my sincere apologies for this.
Eh? Imagine that? Your competently discussing labor law with you?ADoS, once they have the latest information, are the only Academic Managers legally allowed to discuss and answer questions on these documents.
Obviously, we denied the teachers their legally codified right to elect a workplace representative for decades. As an empty, meaningless ploy, we introduced the “Teachers Representative” wheeze. A ridiculously pointless exercise for all involved.The second roshi kyotei ensures agreement that deductions from salary can be made, specifically for any teacher who becomes option 1 in relation to Coronavirus. Any roshi kyotei is required for every directly owned Shane school and a democratically voted representative (daihyou jyugyouin in Japanese), who wins the nomination for each school, needs to sign off on it.
Once the union started kicking up a fuss, we simply stuffed the ballots, we forced representatives on teachers. For the love of Christ, we'd shit ourselves if any union reps or any politically aware teachers were elected as workplace reps.
Valuable? That'll be me, the other directors, and a handful of Japanese staff further on down the trough. You? Come on, are you serious?Shane stands by its ultimate goal of ensuring the livelihood of its valuable employees
A quick nod to law which may be in the company's favour. Won't get into details here on any clauses that will definitely benefit you.which is in line with Japanese Labor law
Your DoS? Come on?If you have any questions about this, you should first contact your DoS,
This means that your DoS has absolutely no say so at all regarding this or any operational matter that doesn't involve ringing up teachers who are late, who have pissed off students or Japanese staff and observing troublemakers.but they may need to seek clarification from the Personnel Department, where necessary.
The clarification = me.
And I have already made the decision.
Sign the form.
I want your money.