GuyInTaiwan wrote:That's why they (Hess) get away with it though: in the main, they're bullying people straight out of college who have little life experience and are in a foreign culture (i.e. easily pushed around). Fuck that. If, or when, more people (foreign or Taiwanese) start standing up for themselves in this country, things might improve. Until then, they'll keep getting away with it. You have to be prepared to turn it into the Siege of Leningrad a bit (something I kind of relish, but which others might not).
I'm totally upset Hess is taking advantage of young people too. Making inexperienced young people sign contracts where they could be penalized NT$20,000 for early cancellation is, like, really really bad. We should go all Seige of Leningrad on them 'cause it might take me a couple of weeks teaching English to pay off that debt if I'm forced to pay the cancellation fee. That's, like, practically forever. No, that's like, practically US$200,000. No, that's like, practically the cost of private college on only the 9 meal plan when I steal cereal and fruit. No, that's like practically treating a politically weak class of individuals about a zillion times worse than a dodgy Cayman Islands corporation owned by kazillionaires who can default on debt by just walking away anytime. Whatever. Maybe you get my point. Or not. I sure as hell don't remember my point but I'm going all Siege of Leningrad! Arrrrrrrgh!!!
http://www.hess.com.tw/careers/english/workload/ wrote:Being a teacher means your job is not finished when the bell rings. For many of you this position will have more work outside of “working hours” than you are used to.
OK, yeah, I kind of knew what I was getting into when I signed that Hess contract. No, I really totally knew what I was getting into when I signed that Hess contract. But knowing what I was getting into before I sign a contract doesn't matter. It's kind of a he said she said situation. I know that they know that I know that they don't know that I knew but won't let them know that I knew. 'Cause it's what is in the actual contract language. Moral obligations are only what's actually in the contract language, and after you've extensively reviewed the labor law to see if there are any counterclaims and defenses, and after you've like made them submit every time card you ever got stamped for like months and months even after they have to drag out boxes from storage and uses all kinds of man hours to do so, and after they paid for a lawyer to come to the hearing. After that it's not a moral obligation. If I can go all Siege of Leningrad on them with legal technicalities until they realize how expensive it will be to collect from me, then I win. And if I win, then they broke the contract first. 'Cause I said so. 'Cause that's how it works. Siege of Leningrad => I get to lord over any and everybody. 'Cause I went all Siege of Leningrad on them. And once I go all Siege of Leningrad on them, then that means they broke the contract first. 'Cause I am Leningrad. Ich bin Leningrader. Freakin morally bankrupt Westerners. Arrrrrrrrgh!!