Premier: DPP to reach consensus on labor law revisions
Nov 27, 2017GeneralComments Off on Premier: DPP to reach consensus on labor law revisions
There are new questions about whether everyone in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supports the proposed changes to the labor law. That's after some of the party's lawmakers failed to attend the review process last week.
The legislature is working to make changes to a controversial amendment that went into effect at the beginning of the year. The amendment paved the way for all employees get one fixed day off per week plus one negotiable day off. If the employee goes to work on that day, they would get overtime pay. Employers and workers alike have criticized the law for a variety of reasons, including its complexity, lack of flexibility, and higher labor costs.
Premier William Lai says he will meet with DPP lawmakers this week to discuss this and other important legislation. He says he wants to build a consensus so the legislature can pass the proposals without a hitch.
The premier says he has already explained the contents of the labor law changes in a press conference and can do so again in detail, if necessary. Lai says the law still stipulates that a work day is 8 hours, and a work week, 40 hours. People should have two days off a week and working 12 days in a row cannot be the norm. The method of calculating overtime pay has not changed. But the new law offers more flexibility in arranging overtime, work shifts, time between shifts, and days off.