Life is a one way street for most places of employment in Taiwan by the sound of it. They expect loyalty but won’t give any in return.
I’ve only worked in one school since I’ve been here. I’m British and in the UK it’s impossible to get sacked except for gross misconduct - i.e. if you hit someone or steal from the organisation. In my last job I was paid on the 18th of the current month, for instance the May pay run was processed on the 18th of May and there were never any errors. Highly professional and highly motivational, knowing that the employer trusted me to work for two weeks a month having already been paid for it. I think that’s fair - you work for two weeks and trust them to pay what’s owed and they trust you to work the second half a month.
I spent three years travelling the world and worked illegally for months each in Australia, Canada, NZ and America. It was getting me down by the end doing shit cash in hand jobs and having no rights.
Come to Taiwan, get married and guess what? I feel exactly the same.
My contract has a $42,000 early breach fee, $100 fine for every time I clock in late or forget to clock out (it happened once in eight months and I was spewing on account of the hours a day the school gets for free when I work lunch). Five times out of eight they have “forgotten” to add on my overtime/subs/bonuses and forced me to ask for money that is rightfully mine. I think they do it on purpose.
Also I had to work a week for free at the start and I get paid two weeks after the end of the month. It took seven weeks of working before I saw any money.
I heard from the head teacher that common practice at Chinese new year is to only pay the teachers half of their salary for the previous month until they return for the next semester.
Clearly, if you don’t work you don’t get paid. Which means that the contract serves only one purpose - to protect the school if you leave early. There is no point having the contract from my point of view. If I don’t work, I don’t get the $60k the contract “guarantees” and if the school want to sack me they will.
Sadly, I think every school is probably the same… they think they are doing you a favour by letting you work there, and Chinese motivation appears to be to make you think you’re doing a crap job to make you work harder. The principal has said one positive thing to me in the whole time I’ve been there. I told her to wait for me to get a tape recorder.