We've done some of the Google searches (which you will of course certainly have already done yourself) and we came up with this at http://www.inlingua.com/
The legally independent Language Centers, free to shape their training programs in accordance with the requirements of the local market, are committed to the high quality ideals and uniform teaching principles of inlingua International.
Inlingua generally enjoys a good reputation - by that we mean a lack of negative reports - unlike another worldwide franchise, whose many branches, particularly the ones in China and Southeast Asia constantly come under fire and have been a prominent feature of web boards for over eight years. And of course nothing has changed. The franchise company is only interested in selling dozens of Apple computers to it s branches, and a totally useless homespun English course book to the students.
Hopefully Inlingua head honchos will sort these cowboys out after I email them.
The franchising head honchos
are very clever to dissociate themselves from the everyday running and administrative tactics of individual 'branches', and can do so quite legally - it's their 'disclaimer'.
Your Inlingua branch, like all the others, is an independent registered business and the only recourse you have is to pursue them under Spanish law. This would probably cost you more than the compensation you would gain, but if several, or all of the (nine?) teachers are experiencing similar problems, then you could share the cost of litigation.
There are exceptions, but franchisees, from MacDonalds to language schools are notorious the world over for paying low wages and treating their staff very badly. Inlingua branches in Thailand escapes this stigma and it is rumoured that Inlingua began life in Thailand as the brainchild of the founder of another similar organisation. But this is pure conjecture.Our short promenade into what Google offers, came up with no street addresses for the corporate identities of the holding companies for either. Switzerland is a traditional home to spurious global organisations, or to those that do not want their head offices to be readily accessible.
Franchise language institutes are generally at the lowest level of education - the street level - and are not an employment solution for the serious teacher. They can be a useful springboard however, and as the hours are flexible, teachers can look around for better offers in schools and universities.
Nevertheless, ubik24, your posting is very important
and, in order to maximise the distribution of your warning, could you please also post it on this brand new TESOL forum.