Date: Nov 15, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
National holidays slated for elimination as part of labor reforms should instead become monthly long weekends, members of the Economic Democracy Union said yesterday.
“We hope that this idea might resolve the ongoing controversy,” said union executive secretary Chen Guan-yu (陳冠宇), who protested outside the Presidential Office Building with a handful of other demonstrators.
“This could kill two birds with one stone: protecting the interests of workers while helping local economic development,” he said, adding that workers have only seven long weekends per year, including Labor Day.
Seven national holidays are to be cut as part of the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) amendments that are aimed at reducing regular working hours. [FULL STORY]