Ok here goes.
Last Thursday I was fired by text message from my buxiban with immediate effect after working there three years. The reason being I refused to teach a 3 year old in my reading class, the other children being 5 or 6. My ex-boss has refused to pay any severance pay, or enter into any negotiation with regards to compensation.
After visiting Labor Affairs here in Tainan I was told I could request an arbitration meeting in which she would be required to attend. However The Foreign Workers Inspector and one of the three members of the arbitration panal has since stated that under Article 12 of the Labor Standards Act
“any employer may terminate an agreement without advance notice if the worker…is in serious violation of the work rules.”
Now I know that he has been in contact with my ex-employer and his demeanor changed quickly with me as a result. He told me it wasn’t illegal for foreigners to teach kindergarten students and even suggested that I ‘hadn’t been entirely honest’. In short I’m concerned about not getting a fair hearing, especially as I have no idea as to what to expect.
I’ve heard about and read lots of articles about how it is illegal for foreigners to teach kindergarten students, and always assumed it is true, but I need to know where in Taiwanese law it actually says that this not allowed.
To complicate matters further before I was fired my new visa was sent off to Taipei to be renewed. My A.R.C. runs out on Oct 31st and I don’t think my old school is willing to give me a release letter, so I can start working at a new school. My new boss is obviously reluctant to process my new visa until this is cleared up and is a little unsure about processing a visa without this release letter.
If anyone has information about, arbitration, the actual laws regarding foreigners teaching kindergarten students, what to do in the case of a previous school refusing to sign a release letter and the transfer of A.R.C.s to my new school or any advice at all regarding
any of this, please post a reply or e-mail me on email@example.com or phone me on 0938500422
Thanks in advance