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Offline mrajyandy

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Re: UK Teachers - Pension
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2011, 03:19:33 PM »
I wrote to my MP way back in January. I still haven't received a reply. But he is a tory, so clearly doesn't give a toss about the little people. I'm sure a few million won is nothing to him. MPs are not obliged to follow through on any petition (unless you have a brown envelope full of cash), as it clearly states here:

http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/petitioning/

I think if we can get enough people signing a petition and every one of us sends it to our MP, maybe one of them will listen or they'll talk to each other about it. We could also send it to all the relevant Korean government organisations. I know quite a few people are saying this is impossible and they're probably right, but I feel we should exhaust every avenue.

I'm going to write a draft letter over the weekend. I'll post it on Monday. If anybody has any criticisms on the wording or content, I'd be glad to hear your feedback.

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« Reply #61 on: June 08, 2011, 09:28:28 AM »
Ok. Here it is a week late. Been a bit busy. Tell me what you think of the content, structure, grammar etc. Don't be polite.

I'm thinking of posting on Dave's ESL, facebook etc. Might even set up a blog. See how many signatures we can get by September, when the new fish arrive for EPIK. By then, we should know if it's worth pursuing.

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« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2011, 09:39:35 AM »
Nice work - I would be more than happy to sign this.
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« Reply #63 on: June 08, 2011, 09:48:41 AM »
Have a lesson now but will read when I get a spare 5 mins. Great work!!
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« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2011, 10:03:37 AM »
Fantastic job! This is really well worded!  Thanks for doing this. ;D

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« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2011, 10:17:05 AM »
Great stuff! I would gladly sign it, and ask every British person I know in Korea to do so too.

Cheers.

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« Reply #66 on: June 08, 2011, 10:20:41 AM »
Will definitely sign. Keep me in the loop!

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« Reply #67 on: June 08, 2011, 10:21:45 AM »
excellent. do you think it would be a good idea to get it translated into korean?

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« Reply #68 on: June 08, 2011, 10:24:15 AM »
Yes. I'll get on that.

I just set up a blog: http://ukkoreapension.wordpress.com/

Please direct anybody who is affected by this there. It's the first blog I've ever set up, so it's a bit basic.

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« Reply #69 on: June 08, 2011, 10:50:10 AM »
Add a full stop after decency and a comma after yours faithfully.

Apart form that, GREAT LETTER! Really well worded and I feel like every point was covered.

The blog may be useful, but an online petition may be better??

Also, we could try (after we get a few hundred) signatures to bombard our local MPs with a copy of the letter and a link to the petition and blog. Hopefully one of them might bring it up at some point.

Does anyone know the (rough) numbers of British teachers in Korea right now or the last 5 years?
If that could be estimated with an estimate of Korean workers in the UK. And some vague facts on salary and NI contributions. It might actually be beneficial for the UK government to do this and throwing some numbers in there might convince one of the higher placed government people.
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« Reply #70 on: June 08, 2011, 11:04:43 AM »
You got my signature. Just tell me where to sign. I want my pension!
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« Reply #71 on: June 08, 2011, 11:32:10 AM »

Does anyone know the (rough) numbers of British teachers in Korea right now or the last 5 years?
If that could be estimated with an estimate of Korean workers in the UK. And some vague facts on salary and NI contributions. It might actually be beneficial for the UK government to do this and throwing some numbers in there might convince one of the higher placed government people.

Just had a look at the numbers. As of 2006, there were 3400 UK citizens here. While there are around 30,000 Koreans living in the UK. Hmmmmmm - that doesn't help the cause!
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Re: UK Teachers - Pension
« Reply #72 on: June 08, 2011, 11:36:15 AM »
I would assume many of the Koreans are students. They wouldn't be making any UK pension contributions if so.

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« Reply #73 on: June 08, 2011, 11:37:55 AM »
Great letter and great post... Thanks for doing this.
LIke the other posters said, just tell us where to sign!!

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« Reply #74 on: June 08, 2011, 11:56:49 AM »
Will echo the above poster, let us know when to sign.

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Re: UK Teachers - Pension
« Reply #75 on: June 08, 2011, 12:09:17 PM »
dsob, how could we start an online petition?

And where do those numbers come from? How many of those Koreans are actually working in the UK? I imagine quite a few of them are students. Anyway, if we could somehow get them on side, it might add weight to our cause. I'm sure they'd be willing to hassle the Korean government.
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« Reply #76 on: June 08, 2011, 01:20:40 PM »
My English people in Korea numbers came from here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/brits_abroad/html/asia_pac.stm

My Korean numbers in the UK came from here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreans_in_the_United_Kingdom

Fair point. They will be mostly students. Must be a way of contacting Korean workers. If anyone knows any Korean that has a friend or family member working in the UK. That could be a way in.
Or I guess they have forums or stuff, if anyone knows any??
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« Reply #77 on: June 08, 2011, 01:46:51 PM »
I will put my name to this. I've lived here for 5 years and would greatly appreciate if something would be done about this.

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« Reply #78 on: June 08, 2011, 01:57:33 PM »
I'd sign.

I'd also suggest that the percentage of students among Koreans resident in the UK is less than you might think - places like New Malden have fairly sizeable communities of long-term ex-pats.

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« Reply #79 on: June 08, 2011, 02:13:48 PM »
Yeah I'll be def up for signing this petition as well.