Changes to work week proposed

The China Post
Date: June 29, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Controversies continued to broil over the legal definition of the Taiwanese work week on Tuesday, as the government came under fire for alleged backtracking on the current “40-hour week” due to corporate pressure.

Criticism greeted Premier Lin Chuan (林全) at the Legislature when opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lu Hsiu-yen (盧秀燕) accused the government of caving in to corporate pressure in its leaning toward creating an “optional work day” on weekends.

She leveled her attack on a Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) opinion poll released on Monday claiming that 85.8 percent of respondents supported the policy. She quoted online discussion forums calling the survey “a joke,” “a fabrication” and a “black box (operation)” and that it was “a government capitulation to employers.”     [FULL  STORY]

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