I hear so many young expats in China bitching and moaning about how much money that was stolen from them by dishonest employers. It seems over 70% of them never get their last pay check unless they work for a university or a big international school. Many recruiters use a “Bonus” trick that gets a lot of signatures on contracts and the bonus is not paid until the contract is completed. Teachers complain they never see this bonus either. But 752 teachers followed the advice of China Scam Patrol and the CFTU and got ALL of unpaid wages and bonuses paid within 15 days without even consulting a lawyer. Actually the CFTU says 30 Days but CSP says 15 days. The teachers themselves say it usually within “10-30 days” and it doesn’t matter if the wages have been owed for days, weeks, or months. Here are the details that I think are worth sharing with you guys. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2015/11/how-china-foreign-teachers-can-get.html
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China Scam Patrol
11 November, 2016 at 7:12
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BTW… if you go the route of hiring a lawyer and filing a court claim, you can expect to spend about $5,000. Then your court date will be set for the day after your visa expires!
Its not like that any more. Three teachers just won big settlements in Beijing for Privacy Rights violations, unpaid overtime, and breach of contract. The average sizeof the settlment was $570,000. Only five years ago most claims by foreigners were immediately dismissed orpostponed indefinitely. Now the case must be heard within 6months unlessboth parties agree to a delay, and according to The Global Times Newspaper, over 70% of the foreign plaintiffs are winning settlements over 100,000 rmb, and 50% over 300,000 rmb plus the costs of their lawyers! http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/2017/06/15/finally-courts-ministry-labor-finally-enforcing-15-expat-employee-rights-foreign
Before applying for teaching jobs in China be sure to review http://chinascamwatch.org and the r/ChinaTEFL sub at Reddit so you don’t get screwed.