Jul 20, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Labor relations issues on the rise, says CNFI White Book
Taiwan's industries are facing an increasing number of labor relations issues. That is according to the 2017 White Book released on Thursday by the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI). The federation is a major forum for Taiwan's industrial sector.
The White Book presents a total of 119 subjects of discussion and 272 suggestions, a significant increase compared to the previous year. The biggest number of new suggestions pertains to labor relations.
The latest revision of the labor law kicked in at the beginning of the year. The new law mandates that all employees get one fixed day off per week plus one flexible day which can be negotiated for overtime pay. The new law has drawn strong backlash, with employers complaining about higher labor costs and employees largely not earning more than before.
CNFI secretary general Tsai Lien-sheng said the new law has caused great damage to the nation's economy.
"The new one-day-plus-one-fixed-day-off revision has resulted in a lose-lose situation. It has greatly damaged our economy. People from all industries are calling on the administration to revise the law. However, the government has so far chosen not to make any changes and to drag on with the current law. We are very sorry to see the damage getting worse," said Tsai.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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