FINALIZEDThe Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee review has been retracted and podium prohibitions introduced so lawmakers can resume negotiations
Date: Nov 12, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao and Abraham Gerber / Staff reporters
Legislative caucuses yesterday reached an agreement on reviewing a proposed amendment to the
Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that seeks to cut seven national holidays.
After weeks of controversy and rounds of cross-caucus negotiations, the legislature yesterday reached a consensus on the handling of the disputed amendment involving the proposal for workers to have “one flexible rest day and one fixed day off,” and a reduction of national holidays from 19 to 12 to accommodate a 40-hour workweek that cleared the legislature in May last year.
The resolution stated that the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee amendment review on Oct. 5 would be retracted, a report by relevant agencies would be prepared and a question-and-answer session would be held on Monday next week, a public hearing on Wednesday next week and an article-by-article review of the amendment on Thursday next week.
The meetings can be extended to midnight if needed, it said. [FULL STORY]