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Q: Being ripped off by a company in Shenzhen, can anybody help?

Coerced into moving to Longgang to teach English with promises of teaching adults, salary and lower cost of living. Leaving well paid adult teaching jobs in Russia.  Only to arrive in September, be shoved into a Primary school and have our agreed salaries cut down on the contract. We decided to compromise, and lo and behold on payday my fiance's salary has been cut down to 50% of the already compromised amount. We invested too much in flights to get here and now we feel trapped. Any advice?

6 years 18 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Shenzhen

 
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1) don't post anonymously

2) are you working legally - 'Z' visa?

3) if you are working legally, go to your nearest SAFEA office which you can fond by typing in SAFEA in the search bar above and enter the city you are now in

4) correspond / communicate with your school through email so you have documentary evidence of breach of contract

5) bring evidence to SAFEA office

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I agree with Sorel, so follow her advice.

 

Don't post anon, and give us more details (as Sorel asked), and you will get right guidance. 

 

Many FT here went through the same thing as yourself and your GF.

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Don't compromise.It only makes the boss think you are weak and they're going to rip you more.

Quit the job right away before your financial situation getting worse, find another teaching job at famous and reliable language schools, for example the New Oriental School, the Wall Street English, the Global IELTS and so on.. I know these schools are always recruiting Wai Jiao ( English teachers) on Zhi Lian Zhao Pin. You can also google their phone numbers, ask them straightly if they have job vacancy.

Try to make friends with the young local mothers (they would like to keep a foreign friend for their children), and they will be helpful to you in the future.

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If you "invested" money in your flights, then I suggest you made the wrong investment.

 

As with all "investments" the value may go up or down.

 

Your investment went down. No big surprise. Your business plan was flawed.

 

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Are you Native English speakers with the 'right' passport? If so, you have LOTS of options.

 

If not, your options are limited... limited to either suffering this sort of crap continuously, or getting into a more reputable place (for which you'll need to have the qualifications).

 

The various forums are FULL of individuals like yourselves... and the advice is always the same. China is not the land of milk and honey.... most milk is chemically treated UHT and is crap, while honey is rare, often fake, and expensive.... :( the good stuff for both comes from other countries... and is hard to get (and costs an arm and a leg)

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LOL WELCOME TO CHINA

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"Coerced into moving to Longgang to teach English with promises of teaching adults, salary and lower cost of living. Leaving well paid adult teaching jobs in Russia"

 

You're full of shit. How does someone coerce you from another country? Did they threaten to go to Russia and beat you? And if you gig in Russia was so good why even explore leaving. That part tells me that you and your post in one way or another is full of it.

 

 

post names and documented proof

 

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A: Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for
A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs