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Shilling for Interac

A few days ago a reader commented on Interac's odd (new?) hiring scheme: Refer a friend to Interac and they'll make a donation of up to 500,000 yen (in your name?) to UNICEF.

Here's the pitch from the Interac newsletter:

I'm not sure what to say. This seems like an odd way to hire people. If I were an Interac "alumni" how is this supposed to motivate me? If I wanted to donate to a charity, I'd open up my wallet and donate because I want to, not because I'm a shill for Interac. Why jump through Interac's vague hoops for charity? The way it's written, the donation is not a sure thing and it's not clear how much money will be donated.

What's your take?

LATER...Now that I think about it, if you simply passed around a collection box at Interac, you could probably raise far more than 500,000 yen from employees for earthquake relief.

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Like they give a fuck

Is INTERAC so desperate to find new employees that they are linking recruitment (to their profit making company) to a legitimate and well established charitable organization? After years in business, why do they suddenly feel the urge to do such a thing?

Before 'recommending your friends' for employment, potential referees really should address certain issues concerning INTERAC:
1. Does INTERAC acknowledge the illegality under Japanese law of dispatching sub-contractors to government schools?
2. How does INTERAC expect an employee on their "full-time" wages (between 230,000 yen and 255,000 yen as recently advertised) to live comfortably in Japan 2011?
2. Is INTERAC connected with, either directly of indirectly (through Selnate or any other associated company), to The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints?

If any representative of INTERAC is reading this, please respond to these very important issues.

Hmmm, is it to leave a lasting impression for those finishing their time at Interac of the "kind" and "caring" nature of their former employee, in order to offset any bad feeling that might have been generated during their tenure with them?

Plus, the Mormons have to demonstrate their charity in some way.

That said, why not just make a donation to the earthquake relief anyway?

http://www.debito.org/?p=2993

Just been leafing through the story of the Michael Collison case over on Debito's website. Mr Collison discusses a meeting he had with Kevin Salthouse and Denis Cusack where they offered to donate Y100,000 to charity to make up for Interac not renewing his contract (after his wife had a miscarriage).

As soon as I finished his (Kevin Salthouse's) demeanour changed and I was confronted with what I would call ‘Interac Man’. In about 10 minutes he summed up and finished the meeting with:
*1-It was handled badly and Interac would like to donate JPY100,000 to a charity in my name.

In this case, it was to offset the damage of Interac's behaviour. Is it a Mormon thing maybe? I really don't know.

Interac are a fucking lying, cheating disgrace. If you really give a shit you demonic motherfuckers, just donate the money!

Is INTERAC so desperate to find new employees that they are linking recruitment (to their profit making company) to a legitimate and well established charitable organization? After years in business, why do they suddenly feel the urge to do such a thing?

I think also that Interac is jumping on the do-gooding bandwagon off the back of the earthquake, in order to generate some positive publicity for itself (or avoid the extra negative publicity that could be generated if it wasn't seen to be doing enough to help).

As the number of ALT applications are likely down at the minute, they can combine that with an attempt to boost recruitment at the same time.

Like Nova when the tide was turning, like Berlitz when they sued individual union members. Interac is showing that, when the pressure is on, at the end of the day, they are indeed, a CLASS ACT.

A DONATION OF UP TO XXXXX, IN TERMS OF THEIR “OBLIGATION” COULD BE 1 YEN.

“COUNTED TOWARDS” – THEY HAVE CAPPED THEIR TOTAL DONATION (AND BY TOTAL, I MEAN GRAND TOTAL), NO MATTER WHO SIGNS UP FOLLOWING THIS RECRUITING DRIVE, IN THE BELIEF THEY ARE DONATING TOWARDS UNICEF, AT A GRAND TOTAL OF USD 6,500.

BE CLEAR ON THAT - IT’S DECIETFUL, MISLEADING, AND SLEAZY – THE IMPRESSION MADE IS THAT EACH PERSON WHO SIGNS UP, IN DOING SO, WILL PROBABLY FACILITATE A $6500 DONATION TO UNICEF (MEANING, IF 20 PEOPLE SIGN UP, THEN UNICEF WILL GET USD 130,000), WHEN IN FACT, THE WRITTEN WORD, FROM A STATED OBLIGATION’S PERCPECTIVE, MAKES CLEAR THEY CAN DONATE ANYWHERE FROM 1 YEN TO 500,000 YEN (APPROX USD 6,500), WITH THEIR TOTAL OBLIGATION FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM BEING ONLY 500,000 YEN (APPROX USD 6,500).

IT’S REALLY QUITE DISGUSTING.

Yup, Interac counting on English teachers to not be able to understand English and the weaselly way they're using it?

It's definitely worded that they will donate no more than 500,000yen IN TOTAL regardless of the number of recruits. And with the "qualifying 3 calendar month period" I wouldn't be surprised if they've worked it out so school vacations and summer breaks will make it impossible to work a "full" consecutive 3 months, ever.

A major corporation claiming they MIGHT donate a mere $6000USD, if anything, and exploiting it as free advertising, a recruitment tool, and associating their own name with UNICEF?
No shame, eh?

[By the way, is UNICEF really the best option for aid TO Japan?]

Basically, they'll donate the money anyway. This is just a ruse to try and increase recruitment in a deceptive way, typical of eikaiwa and ALT companies' general deceitful practices.

Thanks Big M and Level3! Having just glanced over the blurb, I had no idea how Swiss cheese it is. I got one of these mails. Worked for Interac about 5 years ago, there for about 2 years and only ever saw 1 Interac person the whole time (only the guy who interviewed me!). Left on bad terms (quit early for a much better job) after a few scheduling and financial issues.

Anyway, they have the FUCKING AUDACITY to try to get me to join their "Alumni". What do they think this is, the freaking da Vinci Code!! Are they really interested in the promotion of education and their ex employee's welfare?? GIVE ME A BREAK. This is a shameless (apparently somewhat desperate) attempt to fill their ranks. What are they going to do in their Interac Alumni Network Newsletter's second installment? Offer me a free set of steak knives if I give them some email addresses of some recent university graduates? Shit, shouldn't give them ideas.

Irish Examiner newspaper reports:

Manager awarded €30k compensation
By Dan Buckley

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"A JAPANESE-owned English language school has been ordered to pay one of its managers compensation of €30,000 and to increase her salary in line with that of a male counterpart.

The school, trading as GEOS Ireland, was found to have discriminated against Nerea Medrano on a number of grounds, including gender and family status.

The company that runs the Dublin-based school was also found to have harassed Ms Medrano on grounds of gender and family status and for this she was awarded €30,000 in compensation.

GEOS Ireland also breached the Employment Equality Acts by paying Ms Medrano less than a male counterpart. The tribunal ordered that her salary be increased to €48,000, backdated to October 2008, until the date of her leaving the company’s employment in May 2010.

In her claim, Ms Medrano stated that in the course of a video conference with ‘Mr K’, the company’s chief executive who was located in Japan, she was blamed for the Dublin office’s poor trading in 2007 even though she had been on maternity leave from June 15, 2007, until January 7, 2008.

Mr K blamed her for the poor performance, saying that "the figures didn’t lie" and described her as the "weakest manager of the European region".

She said from a cultural perspective it was not permissible to interrupt Mr K when he was speaking and she was not given the opportunity to express her views subsequently."

Now, wonder when she'll actually get that cheque.........

Stick this stuff on a GEOS thread please.

There is no GEOS thread open, so I welcome the poster here. This stuff needs to get out.

Maybe it is time to get out that fact a certain well-talked-about GEOS NA manager, also very close to Special K's butt (coincidence?), use to avoid hiring or promoting women because "they go an get pregnant and waste his money and time"... Now imagine if the Canadian Human Rights commission had a few documents and such sen their way...hmmmm...

THE GEOS THREAD GOT CLOSED, BECAUSE THE GEOS STUFF GETTING REPEAT POSTED IS BY AND LARGE INANE, AND BECAUSE GEOS IS NOT REALLY RELEVANT TO LIVING AND WORKING IN JAPAN. SO PLEASE TAKE YOUR GEOS STUFF ELSEWHERE, OR IS HERE THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN VENT YOUR ON-GOING OUT-RAGE? IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME NOW, SO PLEASE CONSIDER MOVING ON.

HAVING SAID THAT, MADE AN ERROR IN MY PREVIOUS POST (A POST RELEVANT TO THIS THREAD).

I WROTE: "WITH THEIR TOTAL OBLIGATION FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM BEING ONLY 500,000 YEN (APPROX USD 6,500)" - IN FACT, FROM THEIR WORDS, THEIR TOTAL "OBLIGATION: FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM IS ONLY 1 YEN (REFER THE WORDS "UP TO".

SO, IN ESSENCE, IT'S ZERO OBLIGATION, AND UNICEF SHOULD DETACH THEMSELVES FROM INTERAC IN HASTE.

"Basically, they'll donate the money anyway". I WOULD NOT BET ON IT. SEEMS THEY HAVE PAID A FEW TUPPENCE, THINKING IT GIVES THEM THE LICENCE TO USE THE NAME UNICEF - PERHAPS IT DOES - BUT IF UNICEF SAW THEIR OBLIGATION 1 YEN RUBBISH, I THINK THEY WOULD PROHIBIT THEM FROM USING THE UNICEF NAME, IMMEDIATELY.

There is now no Geos thread on the blogs. I'm sure that the poster would realise why that is, and if they had any decency stop posting Geos material on unrelated topics. However, there is a Geos thread ready and waiting in the forums: untouched for sometime because nobody in the forums is especially interested in Geos America. However, if the poster/s wish to generate such interest they could post any new inforation there on an indefinite basis and without demur. Not sure what the problem is for these people really.

"Basically, they'll donate the money anyway". I WOULD NOT BET ON IT. SEEMS THEY HAVE PAID A FEW TUPPENCE, THINKING IT GIVES THEM THE LICENCE TO USE THE NAME UNICEF - PERHAPS IT DOES - BUT IF UNICEF SAW THEIR OBLIGATION 1 YEN RUBBISH, I THINK THEY WOULD PROHIBIT THEM FROM USING THE UNICEF NAME, IMMEDIATELY.

Yeah, reading it more closely, I think that, maybe, they're going to see how many people are referred to them for hiring by alumni, and how much money they can afford to donate, and tot up some token amount to give to Unicef. They'll then send a thank you email to all those (suckers) that did that, and brag in the next newsletter about all the good work they're doing for earthquake relief, and how the good former Interac employees did their bit towards that.

All bullshit, of course, but that's to be expected from ALT dispatch companies.

and if they had any decency stop posting Geos material on unrelated topics

Umm, no one actually said anything about GEOS Montreal on here until, well, you did. Care to share us your heightened insecurities preempting posts on here?

Look chums, I posted the Geos Ireland report here in this current active thread simply because the most recent GEOS thread seems to have been closed off. As a simple poster, I don't have the authority to blast off a new LJ thread, OK?

The Geos Ireland employement equality stuff is important as it is the second such case to have been decided in a senior Geos staffer's favour - the other having been a case in NZ. The NZ case was reported as having Mr K in a similar role to the Irish matter. The cases give us an insight into the way the earlier Geos operated and the way its staff were treated.

And, basically, I have to say to people like @22:13, 7:35 and 8:00, just enjoy the delightful romp that is LJ , develop your own personal capacity to talk about more than one thing at a time, and try to understand that the Geos history and the presence of a Geos rump continues to impact on our industry and on the culture of our industry. Oh, and yes, the Interac stuff is quite interesting and worth talking about too.

PS Big M, when you post under that tag, you don't HAVE TO use capitals, you can use the shift or the caps lock key to revert to lower, more acceptable, case. Problem solved, bingo.

Actually, when you register for the 'delightful romp that is LJ' and enter the forums, you DO have the authority to start your own threads. You will also notice that most of the people who post in there in are in fact quite disciplined on a voluntary basis as to where they post comments and there is little trolling. It's very different out here, and you obviously prefer it. I don't. The quality of discussion and comments is poor by comparison and that's a shame in my book

Anyway, I notice Shawn has made a new Geos thread for you now. Let's see if people with a Geos obsession can manage to stay in there.

Exactly. I'd even say it's probably better to post this GEOS stuff on another, more general EFL teaching website such as ESL Cafe. It will probably be of more interest there.

This site is specifically about Japan, not North America or Ireland. It's not relevant here, least of all on a thread about a completely different company and topic.

It's great to be advised that a new Geos thread has been commissioned. Tx. @22:42, it would be appropriate for you to note that, although a registered user, I am currently posting on the debunking pages and not on the actual LJ forums. (The choice being because the debunking site probably receives greater general viewing currency than the more structured LJ forum.) I would treat it as a favour if you would attempt in future avoid negative judgements on the many professional folk in the industry - both in Japan and in other places - who have an interest in Geos and who understand the significance of that company - and who wish to be informed of past and current and future happenings. I thank you for your co-operation in that matter. Thanks also to the poster who makes reference to ESL Cafe ....we might very well do some aaditional posting there too - Tx for a good idea.

I see what you mean about negative judgements. Actually, my judgements were not especially aimed at yourself. I don't have any objection at all to getting real information about the ESL world in general on this site. Rather, my judgements were aimed at the overal tone of GEOS postings which in my opinion is far from anything that could be called professional.

Typically, when posters in the forums put up information that Shawn thinks is sufficiently interesting he will start up a thread in the blog. Also, if you particularly wanted this, I'm sure that you could ask him about it. In my opinion your approach in this regard if not in others also falls short of what I would consider professional.

Great to see judgements being levied again GEOS operations finally...

$30,000 Euros for the female Irish manager

$190,000 for David Page in NZ

That has got to hurt the limited budget of GEOS, plus the legal fees. Hope more judgements come soon and the Australian government goes after Special K. The money trail will slowly unravel.

Yes, seeing GEOS pay is a beautiful thing. I am sure more is to come. If anyone has info, please share it.

Nice little run of Geos posts all with the aim of proving some kind of insider status. However, all of the information has been got from much earlier posts. In all probability they were posted by the same person, or perhaps two trolls in league. At any rate I am fairly certain that a high proportion if not all of these posts are not coming from ex Geos employees at all.

Got to love thhe person who always complains about the GEOS posters being anonymous never seems to show his identity. Why not take the lead, little guy, and tell us who you are?

No need, you seem to have made up your mind already. Anyway, why don't you tell us who you are? No? Then don't expect anyone else to.

We never complained about anonymous posts, just you.

You kind of missed the point there, perhaps the distinction is a bit hard for you to grasp. I meant that by not adopting distinct usernames (I never suggested using real names) and just going with the default "Anonymous," it's pretty handy camouflage for the fact that there probably are only one or two of you posting all this stuff.

http://thepienews.com/analysis/the-biggest-takeovers-of-the-last-12-months/

Sprachcaffe acquires Geos North America

German based Sprachcaffe Languages Plus, which provides tuition in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Arabic across the world, increased its network of language centres to 31 by buying the Geos North America school chain this September. Sprachcaffe now has 12 language centres in the US and Canada in locations such as New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Victoria

Alberto Sarno, CEO of Sprachcaffe Languages Plus said, “Nothing will change for students except that we can now provide even better support and services. Both agents and students will benefit from our collaborative experience in organising professional English courses.” It is likely that agents and students will gain from a wider range of programmes and booking options as well.

Exciting times, eh, more from The Pie site:

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 by Amy Baker
Posted in Pie Chat,.
Alberto Sarno, President of Sprachcaffe Languages Plus, talks to The PIE about his acquisition of the GEOS school chain in North America, growth in Asia, visa policy and further expansion plans.
The PIE: What prompted you to decide to buy GEOS North America?
AS: The Geos network in North America was the natural extension for our portfolio of 21 destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. First of all, the schools have been run very successfully in the past. Secondly, they are located in the most exciting cities in the USA and Canada, and thirdly, GEOS is a very well known brand in many parts of the world and has got a different mix of students: such as Asians, Latin Americans and Middle Eastern while we are historically a more European-oriented organisation – the mix will be very exciting from the cultural and economical point of view!
What we found at the GEOS schools was full classrooms and enthusiastic staff!
The PIE: What are your plans for the chain?
AS: What we found at the GEOS schools was actually not bad at all and very promising right from the start: full classrooms and enthusiastic staff! So our intention is to keep GEOS as much as possible the same, we will also continue with the same brand, followed by a “languages PLUS” which is the raison d’être of our company. The brand, however, has with Sprachcaffe many more opportunities: first of all we immediately added our schools in London, Brighton, Exmouth and Malta to the portfolio – later on we may decide to also sell our centres in France, Spain, Central America, Italy, Germany, Morocco and China under the GEOS brand.
The last months have been very intense for the re-structuring: we have been exchanging staff, introducing colleagues from North America to our head office in Frankfurt and sending Sprachcaffe staff to be trained in the GEOS schools.
After the “harmonisation” of the different products it will be all about reorganizing the commercial structures. We decided that depending on whether our partner agents have traditionally worked with the GEOS sales offices in Montréal or with Sprachcaffe in Frankfurt or with our marketing offices around the world – they can simply continue processing the same way for all their future students.
We may decide to sell our centres in France, Spain, Central America, Italy, Germany, Morocco and China under the GEOS brand
Thus we intend to keep providing the agent-friendly service that both companies have been known for in the past.The integration of GEOS into Sprachcaffe has been challenging, but it’s been carried out very smoothly and is already well-advanced.
The PIE: Given your unique perspective, which destinations are becoming more popular?
AS: Difficult to say; I feel that Asia is becoming more and more popular, Sprachcaffe Beijing has seen a nice increase every year and we’re even thinking of opening new schools in the area – also Singapore might be a good destination for teaching Chinese and English at the same place!
Our schools in Mexico and in Cuba are doing well: enrollments in Spanish courses have strongly increased in the past 10 years and Latin America offers fantastic destinations for us to build our portfolio.
In general, people are increasingly interested in learning new languages. As evidence, many speak English on quite a professional level and have started with a second or even third language like Spanish or German. Thus we are really excited about expanding our portfolio of destinations: with 31 schools and seven languages, students will have more choices than ever. Humans are like lizards, they will go where it is sunny – meaning peaceful, safe, fun, friendly!

Kind of confirms my theory, doesn't it? This deal went down a couple of months ago and the article to which a link is provided above was posted online one month ago - and yet these screaming in the know deal breaking insiders who constantly post on here about Geos didn't know a thing about it. Why? Because they are not insiders at all. They are trolls.

Thanks by the way for some real information. Trolls go home

Actually there was something posted on here, guess what, 2 months ago about this situation. By a sleuth who received no credit. No notice of this was taken whatsoever by the troll posters.

It's just as well they are trolls by the way otherwise they would be really smarting now. All those efforts gone to waste. Uri sorts it out in the end and finishes up on a better salary than before. Frankly I think he deserves it. He learned his lesson over the Open Heart deal, and kept this nicely under wraps. Also, he ignored all the insults and got on with the job of saving the employment of his staff. Congrats Uri.

Wasn't "under wraps". The logo of th German company gave it away long time ago. Just no one cares because obviously Uri failed so miserably iwth Open Hearts he was scrambling to redeem himself. And everyone knows GEOS was about to fail, therefore he HAD to sell himself and the company. Good companies do not have to be acquired in a desperate fashion if they are doing well, eh...

Strategically, ILSC and the new LSC/ EC is killing them. GEOS is a bit player and always will be.

Cheers!

Great to see judgements being levied again GEOS operations finally...

$30,000 Euros for the female Irish manager

$190,000 for David Page in NZ

That has got to hurt the limited budget of GEOS, plus the legal fees. Hope more judgements come soon and the Australian government goes after Special K. The money trail will slowly unravel.

Ditto. There is more to come, boys and girls. Just the start.

Someone doesn't like the facts. GEOS is now being made to pay. Encourage all to come forward and get what they also deserve.

Idiot! Are you that stupid?! It WAS ALREADY POSTED awhile back when someone talked about the German companies logo being on new GEOS brochures and such posted online. Quite obvious but NO ONE CARED!!!

Erm, if you hadn't noticed, nobody cares about anything any of you cockheads says on here, save one or two trolls such as yourself.

Post it on the relevant GEOS thread please.

I will help the other, SANE poster on here. But I do love the fact that whomever is posting the anti-GEOS messages is really getting under the skin of the other guy on here. Love it! Keep up the good work, brother...or possibly sister. ;-)

Great to see judgements being levied again GEOS operations finally...

$30,000 Euros for the female Irish manager

$190,000 for David Page in NZ

That has got to hurt the limited budget of GEOS, plus the legal fees. Hope more judgements come soon and the Australian government goes after Special K. The money trail will slowly unravel.

The only reason interac exists is to form a barrier of legal protection between the Alt and the government. There is NOTHING educational about interac and you are NOT teachers. Enjoy yourselves, get laid if you can / dare, but don't imagine you are an educatur (sic). If one twenty something comes down with cancer, it's all over.

What was it, that someone said earlier about frauds working for frauds, and the industry being rife with dodgy companies? Surely Inter-crack is the exception. Surely. Surely. Surely.

interac is filled with honest people. The best people in the world.

Mr. X is right about interac interac is filled with honest people. The best people in the world.

Huh? I never said anything about Interac. Scroll back and check.
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interac wants your social media information, they want your friends' names, and they want to know the names, telephone numbers of all the gaijin you know in Japan too. interac claims they will pay three mon for each person they hire from your lists. Does anyone know anyone who was ever given three mon for having the priveledge to surrender your social life to the corporation? What if the same gaijin's name was listed by the same two or three ALT's? Would they each be paid the three mon? Would they even know if someone had been hired by interac?

You know what, it could be code for, “In desperation to recruit people, we will hack social media information / purchase private information illegally, but at the same time, we will advertise that we want to purchase it from private individuals, while offering money for it, and if we ever get busted, we could construct an argument / smoke screen, that makes it look legitimate / above board / fair trade. Let’s face it, there is no way known, investigators will pay the money required to dig that deep, to expose us, if push comes to shove. Remember people, the teacher’s salary is our profit centre. If we don’t have salaries to trim, then we don’t have a business. We must recruit, by any and all means. CEO”

Meantime, I suspect they may pay one person (a mole), and make a song and a dance about it, while enjoying the majority of the consequent gold rush of information for free.

It’s many people’s opinion that the only reason Interac exists, is because they are prepared to take the risk of being sued / taken to task, by individual employees, over work place / contract infringements, but the Boards of Education, much straighter, who must be seen to play things by the book, are not. The profit centre for Interac, in that case, would be the illegal trimming they give the worker’s salary, and the benefit to the Boards of Education, is that some of those ill-gotten gains are passed on to them, making them cheaper than hiring a native English speaker directly, with none of the risks associated with being tricky, and cost cutting, at the expense of the instructor.

I love how the fine print only requires the person to work for 3 months. Have they resigned themselves to the fact that they can't hold an employee for longer?

But seriously, such a large company can't just donate Y500,000 anyway?

Boards of Ed will eventually get around to understanding it is better to contract directly.

But will they? Some have done that, but others seem to think that having a dispatch company handling all the HR and training side of things is more convenient for them. Some of these dispatch operators have been doing this stuff for years. I can't see them disappearing any time soon.

BoEs seem to find it a real hassle to have to do the interviews and recruiting, especially as they may have to do it outside of Japan. That's what these dispatch companies specialize in.

Good to see also that some discipline is being brought back to this forum after recent tomfoolery got out of hand. Should teach him a lesson if nothing else.

Boards of Education will eventually get around to understanding it is better to contact directly when it is made even more clear publically the only reason they hire firms like Interac is because Interac is prepared to take the legal risk of not contracting and paying instructors according to the letter of the law.

Both the saving cost to the Board of Education and the profit centre of Interac are thus based, in differing or same proportions, on the illegal work conditions of the Japanese illiterate instructor.

It does not matter who hires the instructor in other words. The Board of Education and Interac are both guilty. To put an end to the rot, the trick of hiding behind each other has to be exposed over and over and over again.

Any good lawyer representing an instructor taking Interac to task should continue to point out to the court that both Interac and the Board of Education are liable because the Board of Education in fact is fully aware that Interac cheats the instructor, which makes hiring Interac cheaper for them, and thus the Board of Education as an accessory to the fact is thus as liable as what Interac itself is.

It’s quite remarkable actually. Government or government affiliated Boards of Education cutting costs by engaging private companies to cheat foreign nationals, and pretending that are not aware of what is actually going on.

They know exactly what is going on, and are thus as guilty as what Interac itself is.

Yes, it has been done I suppose, but it needs to get done over and over and over again.

It probably wise that any worker at Interac joins a Union, and campaigns heavily via the Union, so that more and more and more attention is shone on this ongoing issue.

First and foremost, however, foreign nationals would do well to not work for Interac to begin with.

But desperation during the honeymoon phase does do funny things to people. That’s why the majority of people who end up working for Interac are usually quite Japan naïve. It’s all quite deliberate, on Interac’s behalf.

Boards of Education will never get their heads around that. They're too thick, blind and insular to ever understand it, and would prefer to remain in cahoots with companies like Interac, mainly for their own convenience.

Much better to actually get rid of ALTs altogether. The whole system is a waste of time, a chance for schools to look all cool and multicultural, and for idiot frat-boys to get off on the attention from a bunch of starstruck, giggling high-school girls. You'd earn more self-respect flipping burgers.

Thank heavens for that, looks like he's finally been banned once and for all.

Best way to handle Interac is to not work for them.

Instructors should ban themselves from working for Interac.

Just like trolls should ban themselves from posting in LJ.

But that will be the day.

LJ’s resident nutcase will never go away, not unless NTU rose from the dead on the third day.

Did it?

Yes it is about time. Hopefully the board will now return to normalcy. There is a balanced view out there somewhere and it is important to support it. Why anyone would suggest that Eikaiwa is anything other than a complete joke is beyond any of us. It's a monkey dance. Instructors are just performing apes who get paid peanuts to do their dance on a stage that is by and large constructed from racist undertones and racial pigeon holing. Eikaiwa needs to be obliterated.

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