Jan 30, 2017 Legal Comments Off on Cabinet backs TRA’s decision to punish absentee employees
The Cabinet is supporting the decision of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) to punish around 200 employees who skipped their shifts last Friday, the lunar New Year's Eve.
The Taiwan Railway Union has been trying to negotiate time off for railway workers during the first days of the New Year, citing a recent revision to the labor law as the legal basis. The amendment mandates that all employees get one fixed plus one negotiable day off per week that can be traded for overtime pay. The TRA has yet to come up with measures to meet union's demand.
Around 200 union members skipped their shift last Friday at the height of lunar New Year traffic as a way to protest the TRA's lack of response. The TRA has announced that it will punish the absentee employees.
The cabinet released a statement on Monday backing the TRA's decision. The Cabinet's spokesperson said that though the TRA employees are entitled to have days off, they still have to fulfill their responsibility to provide service to the public.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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