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    Am I being screwed?

    Told my school I was planning on returning to England, so can't stay around to work the new term. I signed a 12 month contract and it is due to run out at the end of April. I have now been told that I wont get paid my final pay-cheque because I am leaving. Can they really do this or are they just trying it on? As far as i can see I have not broken any part of my contract; merely declined to sign a new one. I thought working for a government school that they wouldn't try anything as shady; but I was wrong.

    They already have a replacement signed-up and he wont start getting paid until the 1st of May. All the other teachers will get paid for April as normal.

    Work in Korea or somewhere and you get a big fat bonus and a flight home at the end of your contract; in Thailand you merely get a kick in the balls!

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    Told my school I was planning on returning to England, so can't stay around to work the new term. I signed a 12 month contract and it is due to run out at the end of April. I have now been told that I wont get paid my final pay-cheque because I am leaving. Can they really do this or are they just trying it on? As far as i can see I have not broken any part of my contract; merely declined to sign a new one. I thought working for a government school that they wouldn't try anything as shady; but I was wrong.

    They already have a replacement signed-up and he wont start getting paid until the 1st of May. All the other teachers will get paid for April as normal.

    Work in Korea or somewhere and you get a big fat bonus and a flight home at the end of your contract; in Thailand you merely get a kick in the balls!
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    Don't let them do it. That's bullshit.

    I know, however, that some schools do it.

    Here it's better to leave without telling anybody than being fair with the school and getting screwed.

    And then thay complain about teachers leaving overnight - can't blame the teachers IMO

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    I signed a 12 month contract and it is due to run out at the end of April. I have now been told that I wont get paid my final pay-cheque because I am leaving.
    It's illegal what they are doing. Brings me to the point what to do with it?

    A year ago I left a school. In the contract we agreed that the school would pay the tax. When I did my tax clearance at the end of March 2007, I had to pay an extra 10,000 THB. The school had paid too less tax. The school didn't want to pay for it related to the fact that I would start at a new school in May 2007.

    I told them that my lawyer would contact them. They paid.

    I hope that this will work for you too. If it really comes to hiring a lawyer and bring up a case, it can take quite some time. You will win though.

    Stamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stamp
    I told them that my lawyer would contact them. They paid.
    Great idea Stamp. Tell them you gonna come with a lawyer.

    This is what I did when I crashed my car and had problems with Honda fixing it. After I told them that I would come with a layer they fix the car in no time.

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Take no prisoners wildbill, threaten them, they are leaning on the rumour that farang have no rights in Thailand, and if you believe it, then that is what you will get. Stand up for yourself. I would like to hear re_fuse response, I am sure he would have an appropriate reaction but I completely agree with Stamp.
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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    you merely get a kick in the balls!
    That sucks mate. Stick in there, don't take no more shite and knee the one responsible in their genitalia, figuratively speakin'.
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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Screw them too!

    Install Vista on their computers.

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by kempos
    Here it's better to leave without telling anybody than being fair with the school and getting screwed.
    yup wildbill's big mistake was to have a bit of decency, and by doing that he gave the school the opportunity to fuck him over.

    oh you're leaving? right let's fuck him over.

    never mind the good old chap has been working here for.. years and could possibly go back to England and recommend us with his mates, maybe he could set us up with some teachers in the future, and besides if I break my contract he might put me on a blacklist, and it will be very hard to continue to do business, ho wait that's western thinking.....

    Thai (short term thinking) : hmm I can keep a month's salary in my pocket right now, all I have to do is fuck this farang over, sweeeet.

    it's you or them, you want to be the one doing the screwing over? or do you want to be the one that get's screwed over?

    don't say when you're leaving, just leave.

    but ofcourse that bit of info is completely useless to you now, anyho good luck, threaten them a bit, if that don't work, say your going to take home some school equipment, hold back the grades or whatever.
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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by kikiat
    threaten them a bit, if that don't work, say your going to take home some school equipment, hold back the grades or whatever.
    Set the school on fire.

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by kempos
    Screw them too! Install Vista on their computers.
    Your getting a bit screwy on this issue IMO



    Quote Originally Posted by greenleaf
    I would like to hear re_fuse response
    My first reaction would be to shoot the school up ..but that is fraught with problems

    Just get a lawyer to write a letter ..They will be scrabbling to settle out of court.



    I think it is time for all of us to put our heads together in a very nicely worded letter to the King. Most likely not be responded to and quite possibly put in the rubbish bin ...But I cannot hurt to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikiat
    say your going to take home some school equipment
    No
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    hold back the grades
    Won't work
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    replacement signed-up and he wont start getting paid until the 1st of May
    A duty to warn him their mate
    Last edited by re_fuse; 20th March 2008 at 06:52. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by re_fuse
    My first reaction would be to shoot the school up ..
    That's fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by re_fuse
    Originally Posted by kempos Screw them too! Install Vista on their computers.
    Now, that is going way too far.

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    How about a friendly call to the local labor or education office? If your Thai isn't sufficient, take someone who can translate for you.

    If you don't get any satisfaction THEN get a lawyer.

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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Cheers for the support guys. My initial reaction was to say 'mai pen rai' but now when you think about it they really don't have a leg to stand on. There is nothing in the contract relating to this at all.

    I think the first step is to go down to Ministry of Labour with the missus and to ask a few questions, then maybe speak to her sisters lawyer. Threaten to get medievil on the ass and I'm sure they will cough up.

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    They have no choice.
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    Re: Am I being screwed?

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    My initial reaction was to say 'mai pen rai'
    You can't do it. Then they will screw each and every farang who works (will work) at their school.


    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    then maybe speak to her sisters lawyer.
    You have a layer in your family. Then you can't leave it like this.

    Good luck wildbill and keep us posted.

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