The News Lens
By: David Green
After 2016 changes to the Labor Standards Act drew criticism for inflexibility and high
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]