…International Schools have long been known to breach teachers’ Contracts with no consequences for having done such. Fact is, it’s teachers who suffer should they stand up for what was promised, yet not received.
Schools located in countries with “loose” labor laws are well aware their Contracts are minimally enforceable in their home land, if at all. Offering you the “moon” at a Recruiting Fair, even in writing, is no guarantee.
Schools that withhold salaries, switch Contract terms, substitute poor housing for that promised, fail to reimburse travel and/or shipping allowances, renege on health insurance and engage in other dishonest practices are schools in beach of Contract! Yet, there is no accountability.
The majority of educators have financial responsibilities that follow them overseas. Schools know this and can feel confident most of us will tolerate a major breach of Contract because it’s just not financially possible for us to walk out. We’re essentially trapped!
ISR proposes Recruiting Agencies initiate a Contract Review Department. Penalties for schools that breach their Contracts should result in reimbursement to teachers for all costs associated with attending a Recruiting Fair, flights home, shipping of personal items, and an additional substantial compensation paid to the now-unemployed educator. As it stands, teachers have been required to reimburse schools for recruiting costs, and much more, should they break Contract for any reason.
ISR strongly believes: It’s time International Educators receive assurance Contracts will be honored, and compensation if they are not.
Consider contacting your favorite Recruiting Agency and posing this idea.
Let us know how it goes.
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