DPP agrees to meet students, workers over holiday issue

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/08
By: Wen Kui-hsiang and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) agreed Tuesday to meet student

Ker Chien-ming of DPP.

Ker Chien-ming of DPP.

and labor representatives at a public hearing Nov. 15 over a controversial bill that has angered labor unions and the party’s student supporters.

Four of the seven union representatives continued an ongoing hunger strike in protest at the ruling party’s plan to cut seven national holidays from the calendar.

One of the union members, Kuo Kuan-chun (郭冠均), said the other three protesters discontinued their hunger strike at 7 p.m. Tuesday after 100 hours, but vowed that the other four would continue until their demands were met.

The seven union representatives launched the hunger strike Nov. 4 over a proposed amendment to the Labor Standards Act that would reduce the number of national holidays from 19 to 12 per year.    [FULL  STORY]

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