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    strange situation in Khon Kaen

    I have been working at a great school in khon Kaen for the last six months(after my failed Laos fiasco) it is a good and well respected school with 3500 students and seven foreign English teachers. When i was hired I was aware that after the students go for summer break the foreign teachers do a couple weeks of community teaching. Police station, immigration, city hall etc. The guys said it is ok and they make great contacts. I had no problem with this. Then we had a meeting for the community work, they changed the schedule so the whole holiday was filled with teaching. We were only going to get 5 days holidays instead of 45! On top of that they said we either have to
    dismiss 2 employees or everyone drops in wage. I put up my hand and
    volunteered to quit, if they would give me full pay for march and april,
    they agreed. No one else
    volunteered so they based dismissal on student evaluations. Mr.x was
    number 7 so he got fired. (he is a good teacher, responsible, etc and with wife and child, so that sucks.)
    I was actually number 2 so I had nothing to
    worry about except I love my holidays.
    When we were discussing our summer work the dept head kept mentioning one of the schools in town
    is paying only 25,000 per mo. Our foreign teachers are making 33-39,000.
    After days and days of delay the remaining teachers were finally given their new contracts, filled with all kind of loopholes which basically claim ownership on the teachers. Three of them balked at the contract and they were informed the school had a stack of resumes and they could be replaced easily. Some of these teachers have been here 5+ years and all has been fine. They are all pissed but not in a position to walk out.

    Ok I have also heard of 3 other "Top" schools in the city dropping wages or benefits.

    kind of long winded but the point is "Has anyone else noticed wages going down this term?" or is it just a Khon kaen thing.

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    Not happening here (Lalee/Kburi); must be a Khon Khaen thing (which is utter bullshit). Good for you for walking; I'd a done the same.
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    I wouldn't volunteer. I would let them kick me out.

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    What are you thinking marcusb? My initial hunch reading your post was 'cartel'. They get together with some of the big players in town to drive down wages. The rest of the schools adjust accordingly.

    Hasn't happened at my school in the capital thankfully. It'll be interesting to see if any other Khon Khaen teachers have any info.

    I think you were pretty sharp with your exit strategy Good luck getting another position. I hope it goes well for you

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    Do you idiots realize that you are making less than the average Thai girl in her 30's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddahas View Post
    Do you idiots realize that you are making less than the average Thai girl in her 30's?
    well that's not very nice

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    bend over mr farang we want to stick it up your clacker

    thats bs about the resumes except they might have flips lining up

    all it is is the hod wants to pocket the savings and load up the frang teachers with extra hours.

    luckly after 2.5 yrs and 3 schls, im done with working for thai owned/run schools
    always some stupid demoralizing crap they enjoyably put on you.

    good for u
    sux for those with family

    would love to see someone put a note in all the kids bags explaining that the school is cutting native staff and they would get a discount on next years fees, and when they dont watch the SHTF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddahas View Post
    Do you idiots realize that you are making less than the average Thai girl in her 30's?
    I doubt the average Thai girl in her 30's makes 30-40k a month.

    I'm also fairly certain that no one teaching here is doing it for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Ho View Post
    I doubt the average Thai girl in her 30's makes 30-40k a month.
    Yes they do. The ones with University degrees. Between 20k and 30k is the norm.

    Heck, even 20 year old girls in backward ass Serbia are making 700 Euros a month doing a bit more than a clerical work.
    Last edited by buddahas; 17th March 2013 at 22:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Ho View Post
    I'm also fairly certain that no one teaching here is doing it for the money.
    What do you think they are doing it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    What do you think they are doing it for?
    Ask 10 and you might get 8 different answers but none would be "I'm doing it for the great pay".

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    Are you guys who are older and working in Thailand as a teacher, excluding international schools, worried about the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    Are you guys who are older and working in Thailand as a teacher, excluding international schools, worried about the future?
    Of course. It has its place along with everything else.

    I love a bit of background anxiety. If there isn't any, well, I must be on the horse or something. That would be worrying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warhammer820 View Post
    Are you guys who are older and working in Thailand as a teacher, excluding international schools, worried about the future
    Are you worried about the future? What if Obama starts taxing 10% of your bank deposits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddahas View Post
    Originally Posted by Don Ho
    I doubt the average Thai girl in her 30's makes 30-40k a month.
    Yes they do. The ones with University degrees. Between 20k and 30k is the norm.

    Heck, even 20 year old girls in backward ass Serbia are making 700 Euros a month doing a bit more than a clerical work.
    I know one girl 29 yrs h&s degree getting 89k, same as many inter sch full ed ba wage, no wonder she weren't interest fro long in me with my then 30k.

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