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Taipei--About 56 percent of employees in Taiwan feel that their lives have been affected by the new rigid work rules implemented in December 2016, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.
In the survey, which was jointly conducted by the online 1111 Job Bank and the Business Today weekly, more than 78 percent of the 1,000 workers polled said that the new rules have increased tension between them and their employers.
Under the new regulations that took effect in December, the maximum number of work hours has been reduced from 84 hours per two weeks to 40 hours per week, with one mandatory day off and one flexible rest day each week.
Employers are now required to pay overtime for work carried out on the flexible day off, but many employers and employees have complained that the rigid work rules leave less leeway for more flexible work schedules, even if both sides agree with the arrangement.
According to the survey, 45 percent of the respondents were unhappy that their incomes have dropped, which the job bank attributed to the reduced working hours.
The job bank added that because of the requirement of higher overtime pay, some employers now tend to hire dispatch workers to cut costs, so that employees on the payroll receive less wages than before.
About 35 percent of the respondents said they have had to find part-time jobs in a bid to make ends meet, the survey results show.
But the new rules have also delivered some positive trends, with 19.6 percent of the respondents saying that due to the reduced working hours, they have more time for leisure and have even increased their consumption, and 12.2 percent saying that their quality of life has improved, according to the survey.
Commenting on the rising tension between employers and employees caused by the new rules, 1111 Job Bank Vice President Daniel Lee (???) said that if the tension persists, mutual trust between employers and employees could be undermined in the long term.
Lee said that industry in Taiwan has varied needs, and the rigid work rules fail to meet the different needs of individual industries. The survey also polled 17 major companies with market capitalization of more than NT$100 billion (US$3.28 billion), and all 17 agreed that the new law has become a barrier for them to strengthen their operations.
Liang Yung-huang (???), head of Business Today, urged the government to revise the work rules, or Taiwan's competitiveness will be hurt.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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