CARROT AND STICK:Two major confederations of trade unions denied a report alleging the DPP had offered incentives or threatened them to ensure their support
Date: Oct 17, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao and Abraham Gerber / Staff reporters
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday slammed a trade union
boss and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Committee member for alleging that the DPP had been using “treats or threats” to lure or pressure state-run enterprises’ bosses and labor unions to support the party.
The Chinese-language China Times published a report yesterday claiming that top public enterprises officials and labor unions were moving to support the DPP — which is widely expected to return to power in next year’s elections — by offering benefits or threatening to “clip the wings” of uncooperative unions.
Taiwan Petroleum Workers’ Union chairman Chuang Chueh-an (莊爵安) was quoted in the story as saying that the DPP had been using the “carrot-and-stick” approach to entice state-run enterprises and unions. The story did not mention that Chuang is also a member of the KMT’s Central [FULL STORY]