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Sabis wants me to resign

 
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muglyduckling



Joined: 19 Feb 2011
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Location: United Arab Emirates

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Sabis wants me to resign Reply with quote

I have been working for a Sabis school in the middle east for about one month now, under deplorable conditions. They recently told me that they are probably going to fire me (which I am actually happy about). The school director told me that he suggests I RESIGN instead. He said they will still give me a flight ticket home if I resign, but that if they FIRE me they will make things very difficult for me. I do not plan on using this job on my resume, so can anyone tell me if they would trust that they will give me a flight home if I resign? Will they deduct money from what I've earned if I resign?
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sliim



Joined: 27 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never worked for SABIS, so I can not speak about them specifically, but from my own experiences in the ME, this sounds like a trick of some kind to me.

I once knew of a teacher working for MALI in Yemen, who was offered help to find a flight home after the US Embassy was bombed and a call was sent out for US citizens to go home. The teacher got short-changed big time.

I really feel for you in your situtation. It was stuff like that that eventually taught me to cross out much of the ME from my "places to go" list.

In my opinion--but it is only an opinion, so think before you act on the advice of a stranger on an internet forum--I would suggest that you tell them to trade the tickets and exit visa at the same time as you give the resignation letter. No one should have to tolerate threats like "I am gonna make your life difficult." If that is true, then you should stand your ground, firmly but not agressively, and demand the ticket and exit visa in exchange for the letter of resignation. Their reaction will inform you of their intentions.

Honestly though, I do not know why it makes a straw of difference to them if they fire you or you resign. It just smells too fishy to me. Check the details of your contract and see if it makes some kind of a difference.

But really, if you situation is as bad as you suggest, find whatever way you can to get out and kiss the ground when you get home. Money can be replaced. Sanity...not so much.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
Posts: 16007
Location: USA

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a reason why there used to be (and may still be) a blog called "Sabis Sucks." Laughing And plenty of warnings here...

But as to your situation, read your contract. At most places you would be under your probationary period and either party can terminate without problem. I don't understand their point about fire/resign. Get in writing that if you resign, they will pay your ticket, do it and go...

Let us know the result... good to have it on record here for future teachers with issues with Sabis.

VS
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helenl



Joined: 04 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They may be trying to get you to "resign" in order to avoid certain contractual and governmental rules and regulations - namely, avoiding paying for your visa costs (which they as sponsor are responsible for), and your repatriation costs (see parentheses above).

Get anything they want you to do and they promise in writing.

Otherwise they may try to deduct these costs from what they owe you under your contract.
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bulgogiboy



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it was the case when I worked in Saudi, that if you were fired, they had to pay your plane ticket home, but if you resigned, they didn't have to. It appears to be the same here in Qatar too. Whichever party ends the contract is responsible for your repatriation costs. I don't know if this is a factor in what's happening in your situation or not...
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hippocampus



Joined: 27 Feb 2012
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Location: Bikini Bottom

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't say what their reason is for firing you or asking you to resign. Have they given you a reason?
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DedicatedTeacher



Joined: 11 Dec 2010
Posts: 10

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SABIS is pretty good about doing the right thing. Just make sure you keep all your documents. Do not give them your residency stuff or any official documents with your name on them.
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Eijse74



Joined: 06 Jan 2006
Posts: 39

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As others have said, if you resign it probably means that they won't legally have to give you your airfare. Look at your contract closely.

I turned down employment with SABIS a few years ago because they sounded too weird. The job description (maybe even the contract) said that I wasn't supposed to go to bed too late! I would have also been required to get to work an hour early every day to prepare for lessons, but somehow that hour wasn't regarded as time spent working.
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