The China Post
Date: June 28, 2017
By: The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A union for department store clerks and sales workers protested outside the Ministry
of Labor Wednesday, demanding that the government enact a “Natural Disaster Work Holiday.”
Around 20 members of the union and other labor group members held a press conference outside the Labor Ministry.
They stressed that an amendment of the law was needed to keep employees from being forced to work during natural disasters.
The union pointed out that in the last two years, 70 percent of union members were asked to go to work during typhoons.
It said the legal provision for a work holiday during natural disasters was not enforced, resulting in many injuries and even death to employees on their way to work.
In 2015, when Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan, an employee of a well-known Taipei department store was hit on the head by a falling tree on her way home from work, resulting in an intracranial hemorrhage.