Hi ironlady and twocs. Looks like the new school is ready to apply to Labor. There’s one thing on my mind.
Both in the contract, and orally, we had a discussion which states something to the effect that because this school is applying for my work permit and ARC sponsor that they are effectively my “main school” (14 hours) and there is a sort of precedence over other matters, and that I should basically be able to honor any needs the school will make, such as making schedule changes to other days I don’t normally work. I understand this happens around holidays, but I don’t see it as an absolute. I’ve told them doing it once in a while would be a pleasure but perhaps by tone of voice I get the sense that this school sees itself as being in a position of ownership and “rights” because of that. Or it could be a cultural misunderstanding. I have told them that in any schedule changes I also need to think of the needs of other places I will work. Anyhow in my view, I only really have “responsibility” to them on the 3 days we’ve agreed upon with a willingness to try to allow changes or additions, but the 3 days is the only “guarantee”. I’ve told them I need to start packing in a full work load and will soon pick up more days at other places. Although they’ve acknowledged I’ll pick up work at other places, they still seem to show a policy that their school takes precedence. Perhaps it was the tone of voice at one point of the school owner that seemed a little like “ownership” to me, whereas my point is I really “owe” nothing more than the 3 agreed days, with the intention to try to be flexible. I’m not really sure how much of this is due to cultural misunderstanding and how much of it could lead to a heating point.
Twocs, the 3 agreed days are Monday (4:30 to 8:30), Friday (3:30 to 6:30), and Saturday (8:30 to 12:30). I was figuring I could pick up more hours on the days off at other places (Tue, Wed, Thur).
Here is a copy of the above mentioned text I am looking over with care:
[color=brown]The Employer shall have the right to increase or decrease the number of classes or to change the curricula and class schedule of the Foreign Teacher in accordance with the ability, willingness to cooperate, and teaching quality of the Foreign Teacher and the continuing operation of the school while the contract shall be in force. The Foreign Teacher should give full support to the Employer. If the Foreign Teacher fails to cooperate with the Employer, the Employer shall have the right to terminate the contract prior to the date of expiration. The Employer shall be free from any responsibility for a breach of contract when the contract is terminated in such a manner.[/color]
It sort of doesn’t seem so great when in conversation the owner acts really friendly and flexible but then we need such a wording of contract. Also, that line in there “The Foreign Teacher should give full support to the Employer”, is that the norm for small to mid size schools? Anyhow I don’t mind hard work and doing what I can, but for 3 days a week I think the above, to me solely, seems worth question. Thanks anyone with some sound feedback.