Please be advised that Shane English of the U.K. has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Wenzhou extortion case involving a U.K. teacher who was being shaken down for a 25,000 yuan payment for his release letter from a FORMER Shane English school Pingyang Quishi School, which still illegally uses the Shane logo, books, signage and brochures to recruit both foreign teachers and students. The teacher who filed his complaint with the CFTU still has not received his release letter as of this date, which is a violation of Chinese labor laws.
Regretfully, the CFTU did not receive replies to emails sent to Shane English email addresses found online. When no replies were received for more than two weeks, we assumed that Shane English was indifferent to the matter. Only recently did we learn that they no longer tend to the email addresses found online and only became aware of this matter this week. Although the principal involved did solicit the 25,000 through other parties, Shane English has not been affiliated with the school for over a year, and had no idea their good name was still being used by the school’s staff to recruit new teachers and students.
The CFTU has revised its complaints with the Chinese authorities to focus primarily on ***MOD edit *** who thus far has not made any effort to provide the teacher his release letter which Chinese law mandates be provided to all foreign employees within 30 days of their termination (no matter if the termination is amicable or hostile). The CFTU regrets that Shane English was wrongly associated and urges all educators to ensure than only their current operating and attended emails are posted online.
We also urge teachers to be wary of any Chinese school that claims to be associated with big successful western chains like Shane, Berlitz, Rosetta Stone, DIsney, Kaplan, Dell, Pearson, etc. Always check the home-based website of these schools for independent verification. Many Chinese schools will illegally adopt foreign logos as their own and/or make small deviations in the spelling of the names like "Berlitze". LIkewise many wannabe schools will use variations of famous Ivy League universities. This is China where copyright and trademark protection is barely even an afterthought.
Before accepting any teaching job in China, please visit http://www.ChinaScamBusters.com Know Before You Go and get a free copy of China’s labor laws from the CFTU (Just request by email)