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Trade unions overseas(China)

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Mrs_St, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Mrs_St

    Mrs_St New commenter

    I am moving to Shanghai in August to work at an international school on a 2 year contract. Due to the upcoming NUT strike in the UK, a question has popped up: any sense in keeping the NUT membership while teaching in China? Can they assist in any way? Are there any alternative trade unions for teachers abroad? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    There are as far as I am aware no trade unions for international teachers. This is one of the gambles you take when working overseas. If you going overseas and intend to go back the UK, contact your Union and find out what your options are as far as cancelling or suspending membership. That's what I would do. Good luck. Not sure I'd want to go back to the UK now I've left.
  3. miss303

    miss303 New commenter

    Perhaps it's worth reading up on China to understand why a 'trade union' as we know it would not exist or offer protection to you as an international teacher. As ejclibrarian says, taking a contract abroad is a gamble and your Chinese contract doesn't offer you the same rights as in the UK. I'm not saying this to scare you, it's just a fact. The only really 'safe' thing to do is get a job with one of the larger, reputable chains and do your research. What companies have a good reputation.

    Good luck in Shanghai. I enjoyed my 2 years in China very much.
  4. SecondPlace

    SecondPlace Occasional commenter

    To echo the points already made - no there won't be a trade union.

    Some schools, in my experience the 'better' ones, often have a staff council that represents staff and staff concerns. This is far from the same as a union but does give a forum for staff input and representation.
  5. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Trade unions/China/Tiananmin Square etc etc.
  6. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    No unions here in China.
  7. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    No unions in China. Read your contract carefully and make sure that your dialogue with colleagues and SMT is constructive. Shanghai is a wonderful place - we enjoyed our four years there very much indeed!
  8. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    Nice to see you The Hippo:)
  9. Mrs_St

    Mrs_St New commenter

    Thank you for all the people who gave replied kindly. I think I'll cancel my NUT membership, no point paying for it.

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