Taiwan Railway Union members protest against overwork
Jan 01, 2017CultureComments Off on Taiwan Railway Union members protest against overwork
A group of Taiwan Railway Union members protested against overwork and unfair salary adjustment, in front of Taipei Main Station, on Sunday.
The protesters say that they have been demanding a complete, 24-hour day off since September of last year. Their employer, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) released the schedule for January and it still does not accommodate the request. Union members said such scheduling goes against the latest update in the labor law, which mandates all employers give employees at least one day off per week.
Another issue that the union members brought up is the TRA's deliberate downward adjustment of employee salaries. The union members said the TRA considers their rest period as their off days and refuses to pay them overtime for shifts on weekends, resulting in a salary cut of NT$5,000 per employee.
Union members are demanding that the TRA hire more employees and create more humane schedules.
The TRA responded by saying that it will not implement a mandatory one-day-off regulation before negotiations are complete. The TRA also said it will continue with the current salary structure until further negotiations can be held.