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By James McCrostie

Berlitz Japan’s four-year legal battle with unionised teachers ended on 27 December last year when management and union representatives signed an agreement to end the company’s lawsuit against the union.

In 2008 Berlitz Japan sued Begunto, the teachers’ union, and five teachers volunteering as union officers for ¥110 million (£776,000), claiming a teachers’ strike was illegal. In addition to dropping its suit, the company will award current union members a rise and the union a lump-sum bonus. The agreement prohibits the disclosure of financial details to anyone outside the union.

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