But we could establish some sort of fund, and start things happening. Maybe before a test case (eg rejection of Health Insurance card application or MOE forcing my school to make me get a work permit) we could start by collecting infprmation in the form of the written opinions of the CLA and MOE.
I don't like the idea of waiting, because we just end up getting more confused, not less, as time passes. My faith in all government laws and regulations related to this situation is seriously eroding as time passes. But, I do like the fund idea. I really want to be the test case. Yes, I am married to a Taiwanese woman, I have the JFRV and personal ARC, and yes, I have the open work permit, but the reason I got that permit apparently changed months ago, making it almost useless (in my semi-educated opinion). So, as of now, I'm working privately, in a buxiban and in an elementary school. In the elementary school I work at, we actually got raided almost a year ago, but when I showed the police officer my permit, he just shrugged and let me go. This makes me think I am legal, but given all of the other rumors, actions, missteps by the MOE, who's to know what is legal or not?
Richard, what are the chances of me/everyone else who is interested paying you for your time/applicable filing fees as they happen out of the aforementioned fund, pulling together relevant information based on our own experiences, and then using either myself or someone else as the test case, whoever has the best chance of winning? I really would like to move forward with this, but living here in Tainan, it may be a little unrealistic for myself being the test case. At any rate, my initial 100 000 NTD contribution stands ready whenever/whoever gets this case off the ground. Better yet, if various people in the foreign community here in Taiwan can work together on different aspects of how poorly foreign workers are treated here in Taiwan (ie. disregard of relevant laws, guarantor stipulations, licenses/contracts which should last a certain period but are in fact linked to your ARC expiration date, etc), and have Richard represent us all in a class action suit against various departments of the government, the money and time spent on such an undertaking may finally get us noticed by the government and treated by its various departments in a positive rather than demeaning manner.
I don't know ... for myself, planning to live and work here until my young daughter finishes high school, I think it may be a worthwhile pursuit just for peace of mind and some form of job security in my own mind. Any one else feel the same way and willing to give it a go? I'd even go as far as helping to pay for an ad in one of the local daily papers to draw some attention to the situation.