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Understanding Labour Contracts and the 5-Year Rule
Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union, Japan
The talk provides background about temporary labor contracts and explores a problem facing many language educators-the so called five-year rule/ten-year rule. This rule purports to provide a method for temporary labor contracts to become converted to permanent contracts. The speaker, a Japanese labor union organizer, will discuss the ins and outs of this new policy, the myths associated with it, and the implications of the policy. It will close by explaining why cooperation, rather than competition with ones colleagues is the only way to build solidarity and improve working conditions in the academic workplace.