Monday, September 22, 2014


Wages and Discrimination

After Pinoyguy posted a letter at a few days back as an eye-opener for most Filipinos to know their worth, I reblogged it and received a handful of positive comments and private messages. They said their spirits were lifted about his letter, giving them more confidence in doing the same - to not accept 15K baht upfront without haggling for an increase. 

But it seems Pinoyguy's letter wasn't received positively by some native English speakers despite the fact that his letter was meant for Thai school employers and Filipinos.

"You cannot please everybody", are you there?

His new letter points out that some NES "hate" (too strong a word?) the idea that a Filipino receives higher or even similar wage as them. It's kinda like saying, "How could a guy who fell short of two years in school (K-12) and use Filipino as his first language and not English earn the same wage as ours?

So here's another good read from the same guy who lifts Filipinos spirits including mine. It points out wages and discrimination. 
I appreciate the reactions to my previous post, in the Ajarn website and Facebook page, be it good or bad criticism. I understand some would not agree with Filipinos earning a higher or same wage equivalent to that of a native speaker for reasons of being from a country of lower education ranking (Education in the Philippines 12 Sept 2014) but that argument does not prove anything and is irrelevant.
Here's a fact, almost anywhere in the world you will find a Filipino worker. There are 2.2 million Filipinos around the world working in various occupations, and why? That's because we can read, write, speak or even sing better in the English language. Thanks to the Americans, we can communicate anywhere around the globe.
Today we have a booming BPO industry with call centers servicing countries like the US, UK and Australia. We can communicate very well for Fortune 500 companies to trust us with their clients and customers. There are numerous Filipino teachers in the US and Australia, teaching English and other subjects in English, earning much more than the 'pittance' that native speakers are earning in Thailand.
My point is, Filipino teachers and other non-native English speaking foreigners in Thailand are also foreigners, we also have to do visas and work permits, we also have to spend more because of the odd inconveniences a foreigner gets of living in this country. So why can't all foreigners (all nationalities) get around the same minimum salary rate? Is being a "native speaker" really the reason why schools employ with higher wage?
We all know that when they mean NES, that means caucasian. It's a fact that they base their salaries on the color of your skin (suffering because of my Thainess 11 Sept 2014) So, in this day and age why discriminate? This was meant for Thai school employers and Filipinos but why are some foreigners reacting negatively to my previous post? We all know you have no control with teacher's salaries but would it really bother you if Filipinos and other Non-NES have the same wage as yours? If it does, then you must be from a very primitive and bigoted society. Keep up with the times, it's 2014 already.
What I meant to achieve with my previous post is to cultivate a sense of value to fellow Filipinos, so they may try to find work that pays more than 15k baht, and steer away from schools that offer that amount, after all, Filipinos are worth more than that.


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Lorenzo Caballes
September 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM delete

Each has their own opinion of the matter. One has this the other has that, and admit it or not, it often result into something nasty along the way. However, it would be better if setting aside differences is considered. The comments above were indeed eye-opener. I hope people get to read them.


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I'm a full time travel and tourism lecturer at a university in the north. I love to blog during my spare time. I blog about news particularly in Thailand, personal travel stories, and anything under the sun. I also write some stuff at The Pinoy Legacy. When not blogging, I make myself busy preparing for the zombie apocalypse.