Friday, March 27, 2015

Beware Of China Internship Scam Operators - Not Only Gi2C - There Are Many Frauds Targeting You!

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If you haven't seen the ads yet, you will. Or maybe you will get an email invitation or Skype call out of the blue. The pitch is that you can get a great international job in China that is not even advertised but only if you go through the "back door" with an internship. And they want to sell you one of there "reserved slots" for $999 to $4,999!  Truth be told, there are plenty of real internships offered by many International companies but they do NOT call or solicit you! They have dozens of people contacting them every week! The good news is their internships are absolutely free aside from the cost of your air fare. But if you end up getting a job offer from them they will usually reimburse the air fare costs.

Lately a lot of people have been shining a light on Gi2c that charges a lot of money to get a internship in China. We have no time to investigate them but we do know that there are over a dozen such companies in China and in the UK that sell internships and 99% of them are frauds that cause people a lot of grief and disappointment.  We do know that every teaching internship we have seen in the last three years turned out to be a scam. 

In China many illegal scams operate within the gray area of the law and the police are frustrated trying to figure out how to deal with them. Just remember, there is no BBB or FTC here to protect you so if you get swindled it would end up being just an expensive lesson in common sense for you. Here are some links you should probably visit if you are looking at exploring a China internship:  http://chinainternshipreviews.wordpress.com and http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/2015/03/20/gi2c-china-job-internships-are-not-scam#comment-507040

Sometimes it is very easy to be talked into something you wanted to do anyway, so make sure that any internship you pursue is offered only by a direct employer, and preferable from a big name international company you know well. China is full of schemes and if you get cheated it doesn't matter if they are technically "legal".  Some of the biggest frauds in China have huge web sites and articles published in reputable newspapers because they buy big advertising contracts and the article you are reading is really a clever "advertorial."  Many also buy time on the "talk radio" shows. Don't be fooled and you won't become a victim.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Beware of New M Visa Scam Being Used By Dishonest China Foreign Teacher Job Agents & Recruiters


It seems the latest recruiting trick being used by the unlicensed China job recruiters theses days is the "Cultural" M Visa scam where teachers are receiving third party invitation letters by proxy from cultural companies in China that are bought by the recruiter.  Although this invitation letter may come from a legitimate company engaged in real cultural affairs, and may work to get you into China, it will get you arrested and deported if you are found teaching at any school the first time a PSB visa inspector makes a random visit to your learning institution.

To be very clear, the only legal way for you to work in China is with a "Z" visa which is the proper work visa. All other arrangements that do not provide you a Z visa BEFORE leaving your homeland to come work in China are a sham or outright scam and should be avoided and reported to the CFTU

Also remember that no moneys have to be paid to obtain neither a job nor an invitation letter in China and if asked to do so please keep the emails and/or skype logs and notify us immediately at report@chinaforeignteachersunion.org


If you have questions about working and/or living in China you may want to visit this popular site known for accurate answers with no hidden sales agendas...


We strongly advise that you do not hunt for teaching jobs at certain websites known to be fishing grounds for over 500 identity thieves., as explained at this link here: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=645070

There is no need to use a recruiter to find a job since you can contact China schools directly by email with your resume. But if you still decide to use a recruiter at least find an honest one that will not misleads you nor sell your information to third parties. To know if your recruiter is honest and licensed (legally accountable) be sure to read this: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=644846 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy New Year To Our Members, Volunteer Staff, & Teacher Colleagues Around The World!

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It's that time of year again when we want to say "XIE XIE" to all of our members, staff, volunteers, and teaching colleagues in 27 Provinces of China for your loyal support, ideas, and criticisms. (we call them "suggestions") because we knew that if you really didn't care there would just be silence. As you will see in our 2014 Annual Report, we have made great progress not only in reducing the number of teacher complaints, but getting much greater cooperation from SAFEA and the school system. Our White List has grown to 1,039 schools and we hope by this time next year to double this number, and get every China foreign teacher a free (or dirt cheap) TEFL training program and 16 hours of Chinese Lessons as a Welcome gift to China. We of course want to pursue our goal of a standard wage scale as we discussed previously but our collective level of training needs to improve before such a wage can be justified. Please see all of our 2015 New Year's Resolutions in your newsletter and enjoy your Spring Festival vacation!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Beware of China Visa Agents That Target Expat Foreign Teachers For Identity Theft Scam

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If you travel to China today you may find the police on your doorstep in six months to arrest you for IRS tax refunds fraud, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, immigration fraud, automobile finance fraud, or check fraud. At first you will laugh. Then you will cry and call a lawyer. Three months and $10,000 later you will finally clear your name and get your good credit back. Then you too will start warning your friends.

Over a million visitors visit China every day for business or pleasure. China has become the number two tourist destination in the world. In addition, 800 young uni grads come to China to become foreign teachers every month. But just traveling to China more than doubles your risk of identity theft. Why? Because three or four different Chinese "agents" will ask for copies of your passports

1. Travel Agents

2. Visa Agents

3. Job Agents & Recruiters

4. Hotel Front Desk Agents


Interpol confirms that more than 60% of the world's identity theft victims originate through a China-based scam involving one of the above professions. All of them will say they need a copy of your passport. This is not true. What they really need to know in an email from you is the following:

a) Country that issued your passport

b) Your passport number

c) The date your passport expires
 



To be fair however, half of all these agents are honest employees who only want to do their jobs and provide professional service to you. But the other half like to earn extra money on the side. Chinese have always been very good at hustling in the gray and black markets of Beijing, Shanghai, and 30 other large cities across China.

               

This creates a "Good News - Bad News" dilemma for all of us travelers. First the bad news: 90% of all China job recruiters and visa agents are "black operators" - not registered with the government and without a business license that would provide some accountability. By using disposable mobile phone numbers and free emails like hotmail.com, gmail.com, 163.com, sina.com .etc and fabricated "Chinglish" names like "Tommy Chen" or "Debbie Zhang" they can virtually disappear without a trace the moment someone links them to a ID Theft and files a report with the police or a claim with the court.

Visa agents are not policed nor regulated in China as a profession. China has no BBB or FTC to protect consumers. So how do you protect yourself from the swindlers?  In fact, your only defense is knowledge before you embark on your China adventure. At present China Scam Patrol has three suspect visa unlicensed agents under investigation that you may want to avoid:


Beijing Service Center Visa Service


Panda Visa Service


Golden Bridge Visa Service


The good news is that you can make yourself about 99% scam-proof in China with 30 minutes of reading and following these six simple tips:

1. Avoid Chinese agents of all kinds and handle your own visa application directly with the Chinese embassy or consulate for free just by following the step by step instructions on their website in English and four other languages..

2  Never let your passport out of your sight and allow nobody but an official law enforcement officer "hold" your passport and never allow third parties other than direct employers to make a copy.

3. If you are going to work in China visit and read http://ChinaScamWatch.org

4. If you plan to visit China for any purpose visit and read: http://antifraudintl.org/threads/beware-id-theft-scam-via-china-golden-bridge-panda-beijing-service-center-visa-services.93252/#post-255604

5. If you will go to teach in China as a foreign teacher, visit and read: http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2013/03/13/phony_china_recruiters_now_target_5000_expats_monthly_1


6. While in China install a boot lock software program on your mobile devices and avoid doing any banking or stock trading transactions by Wi-Fi connections.

Thus concludes our crash course on China Visa Agent Dangers. If nothing, more you have been warned. Safe travels and prepare yourself for the world's largest variety of tasty foods and amazing historical sites! We hope all your China memories are pleasant ones!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CFTU Asks All Foreign China Expat Teachers To Obtain TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA Training ASAP

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After reviewing the compilation of data received from the 2014 annual teacher survey it was learned that only 8% of expat teachers now working in China actually hold a teaching certificate and 69% of those surveyed admitted that they never taught any subject before arriving in China. This combination is not only embarrassing but deprives their students of a quality education. More training and higher recruiting standards are the only solutions.
 
We therefore urge every teacher to seek more training but to ensure quality training we urge you to seek only classroom training that allows you to have a realistic teaching environment with a live interactive "classroom" dialogue and role play, followed by peer review and critiques. Online and software-based TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA training cannot fill this need.  Anything less than a 120 hour course, in our opinion is probably not worth taking. Pilots and Surgeons do not take "crash courses" in their professions, and teachers also need to have thorough and comprehensive training.
  
 
 
Instructors should also be independently certified to internationally-recognized standards and not just hold certificates issued by their own company. And last but not least, certificates issued must truly be globally recognized and accepted.  On this note you may want to read these comments about accreditations:
 
 
 
We are always in favor of more training for China foreign teachers. It gives us leverage to lobby for standard minimum wages of 250-300 yuan per hour for qualified teachers. Teaching certificates should be mandatory for any expat China teacher who never taught before landing in China. We believe those with no prior teaching experience should also serve a 6 month internship under the guidance and supervision of a veteran ESL/TEFL certified teacher.

We will soon be meeting with SAFEA and MoE reps to establish some local China standards and perhaps an assessment or test in order to have a benchmark. Please remember this... Be a native English is an advantage for sure, but that does not automatically make you a teacher. Now put yourself in the shoes of a parent and see what education YOU would want for YOUR child?
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Can YOU Spot A Legitimate Chinese School Employer And Job Recruiter China Foreign Teacher?



The internet is full over over 120,000 "Teach In China" job ads. Half of the jobs are real and half are not. If you don't know how to tell the difference, keep reading expat teachers...

For prospective teacher applicants abroad, most do not even think about the reputation or legitimacy of their China employer or recruiter. This can be a costly mistake. Consider the following:   In China there are over 19,000 leaning institutions, of which only 2,367 are authorized to hire foreigners. Over 1,000 of these are white-listed. While 90% of the schools in China are in fact honorable and legitimate, 90% of the China job agents and recruiters are not.  It is important that you know the difference to ensure that your journey to the Middle Kingdom will be full of only good memories and a positive experience.

Public Universities and public schools are all legitimate in that they are all properly licensed, BUT not all of them can hire foreigners for a variety of reasons. Most but not all of them have honorable administrations that treat their teaching staff with dignity, respect, and fairly.  They account for 75% of the institutions on our current white list. International schools, or at least the ones that are foreign-owned are 98% legitimate with all the proper licensing. There are a handful in South China that are still not properly licensed to hire foreigners and we have reported them to SAFEA and the Ministry of Education.

If any school cannot provide a teacher applicant an invitation letter clearly stating that you will be coming to China to work under contract as a foreign teacher and specifically request a Z visa, they are 99% certain to be an illegal operation and should be avoided.

If any school or recruiter cannot tell you their SAIC business license number, they are also an illegal operation not authorized to do business in China. If you are dealing with foreign based recruiters you should ask them for a scan of their local business license and Employer Identification Number (EIN) to check with the tax authorities to see if they are legally registered as a business. Corporate certificates alone do not prove a company is legitimate.

The next step to help determine legitimacy is to look at their website to find a real street address, names of company officials, and email addresses linked to the domain name of the website. Any recruiters or "schools" using free disposable emails like hotmail.com, yahoo.com, sina.com, 126.com, yeah.net, 163.com, gmail.com, should be avoided.  Now go to whois.com and type in the domain of the website to see how old the operation is and who owns it.  If the website is less than two years old be extremely cautious. If the website is less than a year old,  be sure to get all the license scans above or else avoid them completely.

Do not be fooled by any school telling you or even showing you that they are on the SAFEA "white list". There is no SAFEA white list.  SAFEA does maintain a registry of all th schools in China that are authorized to hire foreigners, but it does not endorse these schools to be honorable or free of complaints, law suits, or other problems. This is where are blacklist kicks in. If the CFTU receives 3 or more complaints from teachers that go unresolved for more than 90 days, the school is blacklisted until all the complaints are addressed and resolved.  Schools that fail to respond at all to our inquiries will remain on the list permanently as a warning to all teachers. 


This may seem like a lot of work to you, and it is. Scammers are counting on you to be too busy or lazy to check them out. This is why we have volunteers at the CFTU.  Three people do this all day long and it is tedious work.  So if you do not have the time to do this all yourself, you can just request a copy of our 2015 white and blacklists of China schools and recruiters at request@chinaforeignteachersunion.org  Remember, China is the land of endless fakes and every company needs a second and closer look, no matter how impressive the website and all those glorious testimonials. Reading reviews at ESLWatch.info is a great start since reviews cannot be purchased at this web site as they are at others.


This may seem like a lot of work to you, and it is. Scammers are counting on you to be too busy or lazy to check them out. This is why we have volunteers at the CFTU.  Three people do this all day long and it is tedious work.  So if you do not have the time to do this all yourself, you can just request a copy of our 2015 white and blacklists of China schools and recruiters at request@chinaforeignteachersunion.org  Remember, China is the land of endless fakes and every company needs a second and closer look, no matter how impressive the website and all those glorious testimonials may be. They can be bought for $500 per month.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Free CFTU Guidebook: China Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution For Expat Teachers

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NOTICE: Chinese Law prohibits the public distribution of legal advice so the following information is only for our CFTU members.

Welcome to China - the home of endless "misunderstandings". If you decide to work or teach in China, rest assured that you will have at least one argument a month with your employer. This is normal for new arrivals in China and if the problem does not fade after six months, you may either want to look for a new employer or go home. Rest assured that China will not adjust to you.  Every month we here at the CFTU get about 30 "complaints" from expat teachers in China about their employers. But in reality maybe only 5 of the 30 are legitimate gripes. The vast majority are simply misunderstandings due to language barriers, cultural misinterpretations, and/or lack of communications.  Keep in mind that for 5,000 years Chinese culture has programmed their citizens to be "harmonious" and avoid conflicts. Your employer does not want problems with you. They need you and usually want you to be happy. Granted there are exceptions where some unethical employers will try to exploit you, but they are not the majority. 


The key is to control your temper and not make a small problem bigger. If you can keep calm and cool, you can resolve about 80% of all your gripes with your employer. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. This is China and things are done differently here - and "face" is extremely important. This is not your country. You are a guest here and need to adjust to local ways and protocols. There is no BBB, FTC, or Congressmen here to run to when you have issues. Your embassy will NOT get involved in labor issues so don't waste your time nor theirs. You need to be your own diplomat first, and usually that will be sufficient to work things out. Only when you cannot accomplish a mutually-acceptable settlement will we intercede on your behalf. 


There is an old Chinese proverb that says "It is better to lose and argument than a friend".  Some of our colleagues in China have also learned another lesson... "It is better to lose an argument than your job". If you end up insulting your boss in front of others you have not only lost the battle, but just started a war. However, If you handle your argument strategically and tactfully, you will probably prevail. It also does not hurt to know your employee rights and China labor laws (we can also provide you a free copy of these in English).

The CFTU offers a free guidebook to "China Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution" and we offer it both to teachers and schools. Send for it by email and it will prepare you for your next argument with your employer, and hopefully you will have less and less "misunderstandings" after reading this free publication. You can request your own free copy at request@chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Monday, January 12, 2015

CFTU Urges 12 Contract Clauses For All China Foreign ESL, TEFL, AP Expat Teachers To Avoid Abuses

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Although the number of scams that target foreign teachers in China has dropped by 7% since 2014, the sophistication of the latest contract frauds is causing more teachers to lose more money - as much as 40% of their income as one Shanghai teacher demonstrated at this link...  http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/phpbbforum/china-s-silent-scam-steals-40-of-foreign-teacher-salaries-t181524.html?sid=cf79ec6dc8d871e695202e38e143a76a

The truth is that most new arrival employees to China simply are innocently ignorant of Chinese labor and contract law and they mistakenly assume it must be the same as back home. Big mistake. Almost every employer in China wants to pay you less money - not more. In fact, they want to pay you as little as possible, and that is why they team up with hundreds of unethical China job recruiters to pull off what we all refer to as China's "SILENT SCAM" which is explained here quite well: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=642187

The only way to avoid this gratuitous skimming of your pay, is not to sign one-sided, nor ambiguously vague employment contracts that basically waive your employee rights. To do this you must insert at least six clauses into your contract and line out others that may be lurking there. The most important clauses are listed below.

* Party B does not under any circumstances waive his/her employee rights and labor board protections, and retains the right to seek legal remedies in the courts of China.

* Party B shall not be compelled to do any non-teaching work for Party A.

* Party B shall be compensated for all overtime hours worked in accordance with central and provincial laws.

* Party B shall not be compelled to provide testimonials or his/her image for any public display purposes by Party A.

* Upon termination for any cause, Party A will provide Party B a release letter within 10 consecutive days of termination, at no cost.

* Existing lesson plans, teaching materials, and ppts of Party B are proprietary and may not be copied nor used without express written consent.

* Party B agrees to work exclusively at one campus located at __________ for Party A.

* Party B is not liable for any fines nor other penalties if this employment agreement is breached by Party A.


* Party B at all times reserves his right to to legal remedy and recourse through the appropriate courts as provided by law.  

"Party B shall be reimbursed for any and all visa costs including related transportation costs if required to travel more than 10 kilometers to obtain a new visa."

"Party B shall not be asked to expend his/her own funds to purchase any class or teaching materials."

"Party B shall be provided the same two back to back days off every week".


Inevitably someone will tell you "Chinese law does not allow you to change anything on our contract".  This is total BS.  Ask them to show you the law.  If they show you something from 1995 ask them to show you the newest most current labor law signed by President Hu Jintao on May 1st 2008 and the two most current amendments signed by President Xi JinPing in 2012 and 2013. Their deception about this should be a big red flag about your prospective new employer. Do you really want to work for someone who tries to cheat you before you even report for work?   Your call.


You should also also know that if they ask you to sign any contracts in Chinese, you must be given and "Exact & Verbatim Copy in English" and make sure you get signed, sealed, and dated original copies of both English and Chinese versions. If you fail to do this you will surely be exploited.  If you want to learn more about China Labor Laws and your employee rights, attend one of our local seminars or workshops in Beijing, shanghai, or elsewhere. 

 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Official 2015 China Foreign Teacher Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications

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Good news friends... The 2015 foreign teacher requirements, as confirmed by SAFEA are still the very same as 2014 despite the hoopla hoax of the China Daily advertorial that was disguised  quite well as "breaking news" back in September of 2014 (For details see: http://www.bjstuff.com/profiles/blogs/mystery-news-article-about-new-china-foreign-esl-tefl-teacher)  But, hey, this is China (TIC) and laws can change tomorrow or next week without advance notice, so always check the SAFEA web site or with  us by email at admin[at]ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org if you have any doubts. But as of today, here below are the current and official MANDATORY china foreign teacher requirements:
 
>>>>> A bachelor degree in any major (Note: They are now being verified)
 
>>>>> A valid passport and a Z visa (Note; Any other visa will now get you deported)
 
>>>>> 2 years of previous teaching experience
 
>>>>> 21-60 years of age
 
>>>>> A police certificate (For Beijing now - Shanghai soon)
 
>>>>> Fluency in English (Some employers will test you)
 
Be advised that there are no mandatory requirements to have a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA teaching certificate, although if you have never taught before it would be a good idea. Just because you speak English, does not make you an English teacher. At present, 8% of all expat teachers in China have one of these certificates. 
 
If you decide to enroll in TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA course we urge you to find a program through a local university that provides a real classroom setting, and a real certificate that is internationally recognized and accepted. Online or software-based programs cannot provide you the proactive real-time dialogue nor realistic role play as does a classroom setting. As for what makes for a "genuine" certificate, you may want to read this here... 
 

Also be wary of unethical or pushy recruiters who tell you they can not find you a job unless you buy a TEFL program with their assistance. See:  http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=616386

Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Was Year Of Progress According To China Foreign Teachers Survey...

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Although the exodus of expat teachers out of China continues, those 28, 378 foreign teachers now remaining all agree that other than the horrid winter air pollution, things are improving for them in China - albeit a gradual change.

Below is a summary of how our 2014 survey participants answered 25 key questions. Qualifications are up, scams are down, and the pay is gradually moving up. Interestingly, 69% of China's expat teachers chose China as their first teaching assignment of their international careers.

The biggest gripes of expat teachers still focus on low pay, dishonest recruiters, but racism complaints are down to only 4% this year. In what was the most shocking revelation of the survey, 70% of all foreign teachers did not even know they had some decent employee rights!  Why babble on here when you can read for yourself...


We were also proud to see that more and more expat teachers in China are opting to take TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA training in an effort to become better teachers which is truly admirable. This year 8% of those working in China hold such a certificate which is 5% better than last year. We hope this trend will continue and urge all of our teacher colleagues to get the best training possible so the kids of China can get the best training from us possible. Seek out a local university that provides live classroom training that allows for a proactive dialogue and realistic role play that is not possible with online and software-based courses.  Also be sure the certificates issued are in fact - internationally accepted and recognized.

As we enter into the new year, please take note that a record number of teachers were arrested and deported last year for working without Z visas and/or using fake diplomas and TEFL certificates to obtain employment.  The Chinese government has made legal compliance and  enforcement a top priority, so be sure you follow the law and not the verbal promises of some smooth recruiter friends.


Although foreign teachers earned about 5.7% more money in 2014 overall, we are still the lowest paid expats in China, but in 2015 we intend to change this with your help. You can start right now by refusing to work for less than 250 yuan per hour if you have a real degree and Z visa.  If you hold a degree in Education, you should not be working for less than 300 yuan per hour.

In closing, the CFTU volunteers joins together from 17 provinces to wish all of you the very best of health, wealth, and fun for 2015 to you and yours!  To get a free copy of the complete 7 page 2014 CFTUnnual Report, just send an email to 2014Report@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CFTU Santas Spread Holiday Cheer With Ms. World To Autistic Students & Orphans This Year...

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In keeping with our annual tradition, this year our CFTU volunteers threw on their red and white furry suits to join China Ms. World 2012 (Yu WenXia) to put smiles on the faces and laighs in the air for about 500 autistic and orphan children this year.


The Anhui orphans were shocked to see the fuzzy Santa who handed out candy and then sang and dance for them. For most this was the first time they ever saw a real live Santa and many cried when he had to leave. Most of the children lost their parents to some tragic events, and some were abandoned by their parents due to some minor birth defect like a cleft pallet, or missing fingers.


Yet a third Santa visited random Hutongs in Huairou where stares were common and kids did not know how to respond. Slowly they warmed up to Santa and were quickly singing "Ding Ding Dong" - the Chinese version of Jingle Bells!


HAPPY  NEW  YEAR  EVERYONE!

Friday, December 26, 2014

CFTU Identifies 3,500+ Identity Thieves That Scam China Foreign Teachers & Other Expats...

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With the help of China Scam Patrol we have been able to identify over 3,500 identity thieves who covet and then buy your resumes, passport scan, and photo from unethical expat forums and ESL/TEFL message boards where many fake ads are posted.  Although they may then pass along your resume to Tier 2 or 3 China job recruiters, they already got what they want - your personal data.

Now they will open email, banking, and credit card accounts and go on a shopping spree. In 3-9 months you WILL find out about these guys the hard way when the Visa and Master Card security people have the police serve arrest warrants on you for "your" unpaid bills.  Of course you will be able to sort it all out, but you may have to spend a few days in jail, and spend about $10,000 on a lawyer to help restore your good credit (that takes about a year).

So to avoid this expensive disruption in your life read the three links below and NEVER ever send nor upload your resume/passport scan to unlicensed agents or ANYONE who is not a direct employer. To learn how to verify a direct employer, read the links below...

http://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com

http://chinascamwatch.org

http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2013/03/13/phony_china_recruiters_now_target_5000_expats_monthly_1

On the list below, the bad guys are listed in the left column, the emails they use in the center column and at least one of their victims in the right column.



To obtain all 49 pages of the complete list, please send an email request to 




Friday, December 19, 2014

Surprise! You have Employee Rights In China As A Foreign ESL - TEFL - AP Foreign Teacher!

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There is nothing like a gift of good news for holidays, and we are happy to share it with you and all of our nearly 30,000 teacher colleagues now working in China. No matter what rumors or horror stories you may have heard in the past, you DO in fact now have the same employee rights and labor board protections as a manager of Huawei, ICBC, or Sinopec thanks to labor law amendments made over the past two years.  Granted, prior to 2012 you could nothing but complain or quit when forced to stand on the street handing out flyers, or forced to work unpaid overtimes.  Thankfully, those days are now gone. Here are some of the rights you are now guaranteed if you are holding an Foreign Experts Certificate (FEC):


* You have the right to receive an original hard copy of your contract that is signed and chopped (red sealed) at the time you sign an employee agreement.

* You have the right to receive a written job description prior to signing your contract. It is up to YOU to make sure that job description is specific, in English, and not so vague that your hours, working days, work location, pay rate, holidays, bonuses, visa costs, air fare reimbursement, release letters, etc are clearly spelled out in no uncertain terms.

* You cannot be compelled nor forced to do anything not specified in your job description (which you should insist becomes and exhibit to your contract and also gets signed and chopped. This stops you from being used as a marketing monkey in shopping malls on the street handing out flyers).

* Your probationary period cannot exceed one month for each year of your employment contract.
So if you are asked to sign a one year contract, your probation period should not exceed one month. If however, you sign a contract that specifies a 3 or 6 month probationary period, you are implicitly waiving your right on this issue.

* If you hold an FEC (Foreign Experts Certificate) you cannot be compelled to work unpaid overtime hours without your consent.
This one protection alone is worth about 5,000 - 10,000 rmb every month to some expat teachers in China

* You have the right to receive both an invitation letter and release letter free of charge (These are both legal requirements and administrative duties of the employer)

* You have a right to a Z visa if employed in China (Again, this is a legal duty of the employers and if anyone tells you that you only get a Z visa after you complete your probationary period they are surely a scam operation to be avoided).

Now the bad news...  If you are not holding a Z visa in your passport, you are not entitled to any of these rights, and are subject to arrest and deportation as an "illegal alien". If you are not aware of these rights and others, some unethical recruiters may try to persuade of the following lies...

A) "You will only be paid 50% of your salary for your 90 day probationary period"

B) "You don't need a Z visa until after you complete your probationary period"

C) "If you don't do well on your evaluation, your probationary period will be extended to 6 months at reduced pay until you pass your evaluation."

D) "Since you don't have a TEFL certificate nor 2 years previous teaching experience, you will work 6 months as a teacher intern at 50% salary, and then 3 months at 75% of full salary, and your last 3 months of your first year you will collect full pay".

E) Because you are not a native English speaker, you have to work a 6 month probationary period at reduced pay.

We recently did a quick poll of 500 expat teachers in China and found that 70% of them were totally unaware of the above employee rights and have all been working unpaid overtime for months, and 32% for more than a year. So if you add up all the skimmed money from the unpaid overtime, the monthly $300 hair cut, the bogus 50% internship and/or probation period money, the employee is being robbed of about 40% of his/her total pay - maybe even 50% if they throw in the lie about the "20% China automatic income tax deduction"!!! When dealing with China job recruiters, silence in China is indeed golden! If you don't ask there are many things they will not tell you.  Now you can understand why the CFTU gets bashed and trashed so much by recruiters pretending to be fellow teachers recruiting on ESL & TEFL message boards or expat forums, after being outed as one of the above skimmers. And the sad part is... they are not all Chinese! See the below links: 

http://www.eslwatch.info/china-2/sca...fl-forums.html

http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/20...s-expat-forums


http://www.eslbase.com/forum/viewtopic/t-3125


http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=6523


http://www.eslbase.com/forum/viewtopic/t-3514


Foreign teachers in China are the lowest paid expats in the country, yet they are the most targeted by the fraudsters and ID thieves. Teachers are supposed to be teaching lessons to others. But in China they are the ones learning them - the hard way. If you are one of them, we suggest you visit http://chinascamwatch.org and make yourself scam-proof in a hurry.

If you want a free copy of China Labor Laws in English, Please send an email request to ChinaLaws@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org  



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