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What to do if your school doesn't pay your salary?


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Hello,

 

I had resigned from teaching at my school.  I gave more noticed than required in my contract. As of now I am still owed my salary for November and final salary for December. 

My school employer has withheld my salary before (and other teachers that resigned too). There is a history of teachers not getting salaries paid (including my salary on countless occasions). I don't like the fact that I worked for free and got taken advantage of. 

What steps can I take to get my money. I am currently not in Thailand and don't know when/if I will be there soon.  My employer took my WP back and assured me that the money would be paid when they received cash for term fees.  Still, I am waiting and being ignored.

 

If (by some chance)  I go back to Thailand, what steps can I take to get the money owed to me? Or what can I do from outside of Thailand?  

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My sincere commiserations BUT

If you are  not here i suspect theres not a fat lot you can do.

I assume the school, which sounds very dodgy knows this and is happily spending your salary, while ignoring you

i may be wrong and would happy for you  if i was but i doubt it.

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You need to go to the Labour Court. If you are out of the country then it is possible to instruct a solicitor to do this for you, however they would require payment in advance and their fees would probably be more than your outstanding salary.

 

If you are in Thailand you can go to the Labour Court and go through the process without a solicitor. That is exactly what Thai citizens who have a grievance do. If you don't speak Thai it will speed things up if you take a Thai speaker with you.

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Hire an attorney and have them send a 'Demand for Payment' letter to the school via registered/certified mail. The letter will indicate that you are prepared to file a suit with The Thai Labor court. Attorney fee to prepare and send the letter should be about 5,000. THB. Look up The Kingdom Law Group website, they did a good job for a close friend of mine.

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bangkok lawyers tend to be pricy especially ones targeting foreigners. if u have a thai friend they could find a fair/normally priced lawyer to get your money owed. upcountry lawyers are less costly.where r u located?

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45 minutes ago, Big Guns said:

You have up to 2 years to claim for unpaid wages at the labour court. The school has to pay you the wages plus 15% compound interest per week.

 

Are you sure?

 

If you are owed 1,000 baht for 1 year, at 15 per cent interest that is compounded weekly, the interest payable after 1 year is over 1.4 million baht. After 2 years the interest is in excess of 2 billion baht.

 

If what you say is true then I suggest the OP waits until the last minute then returns to Thailand and enters their claim.

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47 minutes ago, Big Guns said:

You have up to 2 years to claim for unpaid wages at the labour court. The school has to pay you the wages plus 15% compound interest per week.

15% compound interest per week? Are you certain of this, it sounds usurous, even if it is a penalty.

 

I see blackcab has done the arithmetic. The quoted figure is quite impossible.

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Describing your plight in detail stating only the facts will possibly shield you from a defamation claim, especially if you post on forums which deal extensively with teaching issues (i.e. ESLcafe.com, tefl.com, teachingnomad.com, ajarn.com, etc.)

 

Any school which cannot hire teachers to perpetuate their scam will suffer.  You are advised to file your claim BEFORE this course of action is followed.  Broke schools cannot pay.

 

 

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