Nov 28, 2017GeneralComments Off on Communication will win backing for labor law: Lai
Premier William Lai has expressed confidence that communication with the public will win support for revising a controversial amendment to Taiwan's labor law.
The amendment, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, guarantees employees one fixed day off per week. The amendment also gives employees one negotiable day off. Employees who choose to work on their negotiable day off are entitled to overtime pay. Employers and workers alike have criticized the amendment for reasons including its complexity and lack of flexibility, as well as for bringing higher labor costs.
Analysts say dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the labor law is the main factor behind Lai's sinking approval rating, which recently fell below 50% for the first time.
On Tuesday, Lai said that he has held a press conference explaining a new planned revision to the amendment. He said he would be willing to explain the proposed revision further if necessary. Lai said the revision plan continues to protect four workers' rights enshrined in the current law, and that it would give both employers and employees more flexibility.