Filipino teachers furious at pay deductions by recruiters

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Filipino teachers labour rights seminar held at the Philippine embassy.

File photo of the labour rights seminar held at the Philippine embassy.

Filipino teachers in Thailand showed outrage over the practice of their employment agencies to deduct certain amount from their monthly salaries for the whole duration of their employment.

At the Labor Rights Seminar: Part II, organised by the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok on 31 October 2015 to enlighten their nationals of their employee rights, Filipino teachers took turn in pouring out their anger at employment agencies’ practice of unfair salary deductions.

The rampant complaints prompted seminar resource speakers Atty Cynthia M. Pornavalai and Atty Kitti Thaisomboon of Tilleke and Gibbins to comment about the urgency of the matter.

Charge d’ Affaires a.i. Jay Francis G Alcantara encouraged the affected teachers to submit to them pertinent information and documents so the embassy could take actions.

The seminar clarified that Filipino teachers must ask for an English copy of their contracts. It would be as a first step to protecting themselves against abuses and other problems.

Mr Alcantara said a number of Filipino teachers have already been advised by the embassy to get a copy of their contracts.

The seminar explained that Filipino teachers in the primary and secondary education in private schools were covered under the Private School Act, B.E. 2550 (2007), while foreign university lecturers and professors were covered under the Private University Act, B.E. 2546 (2003).

Non-teaching school personnel were under the Labor Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998), while the Thailand Civil and Commercial Code sections 575 and 420 also impact on teachers in private schools.

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