The CFTU urges any all native speaking American, Canadian, British, or Australian teachers in China, or teachers with a 4 year bachelors degree in Education to reject and refuse any employment offer in China that does not pay you a wage of at least 250 yuan per hour.
For those wondering WHY we are seeking a national minimum wage standard of 250 yuan per hour, this is the argument we will be presenting to the Labor Minister and FEB in March of next year after the new Minister and Director are appointed:
* 7.8% less foreigners are teaching today in China than in 2011 while demand for qualified teachers has increased 9% across China.
* Inflation has increased 5% over the last three years affecting the cost of living for foreigners in China.
* Predatory agents have been exploiting newly-arrived foreign teachers in a manner many would consider unethical and perhaps criminal.
* Most professional translators in China now earn more money than teachers yet teachers are responsible for teaching the future citizens and leaders of the nation.
* Auxilliary benefits (housing, meals, transportation, medical insurance, etc.) to teachers have been reduced 28% over the last five years while wage have remained static (unchanged).
* There is no standardized merit pay scale in place that ensures pay increases as employees of all state-owned-enterprises enjoy for more than 3 decades.
* Foreign teachers are exposed to massive fraud as outlined in this recent article: http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/articles/blogs-beijing/expat-life/scam-alert-foreign-teacher-fraud/
* Foreign teachers who are not qualified and thus ineligible to receive a guaranteed minimum wage would have incentive to complete their studies and thus improve the level of education provided to Chinese students as more and more qualified foreign teachers become available in China.
* Teacher turnover rates in the Chinese schools which are now averaging 30%-40% per annum would be drastically cut in half, thus lowering the operating/training costs of the schools.
The above arguments more than justify a minimum wage of 250 yuan per hour for QUALIFIED foreign teachers as agreed by CFTU board members and over 90% of the membership as per a recent survey.
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