DPP Bows to Big Business as Tsai Fails to Uphold Pledge to Protect Workers

The News Lens
Date:: 2017/11/13
By: David Green

After 2016 changes to the Labor Standards Act drew criticism for inflexibility and high

Credit: AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

costs, the latest round of changes give too much power back to bosses, leaving shift workers such as nurses and drivers particularly vulnerable.

New amendments to the Labor Standards Act (LSA) rubber stamped by the Executive Yuan last Thursday (Nov. 9) sliced open class divisions in Taiwanese society, pitting workers and their unions against corporate interests.

The new amendments, drawn up by a team led by Premier William Lai (賴清德) and now submitted to the legislature for review, are a necessary tonic in light of widespread discontent among employees and their bosses over the last round of changes, introduced just a year ago. The amendments are expected to pass the Legislative Yuan, in which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) holds a majority.   [FULL  STORY]

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