Government addresses furlough woes at Taiwan’s science parks

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-01

Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology will do its best to help enterprises and

Shyu Jyuo-min gives an interview, April 8. (Photo/ Hung Hsi-lung)

Shyu Jyuo-min gives an interview, April 8. (Photo/ Hung Hsi-lung)

employees facing challenges amid reports that workers at the country’s three major science parks have been put on furlough, a ministry official said Wednesday.

Reports said the Hsinchu Science Park, the Central Taiwan Science Park and the Southern Taiwan Science Park had a combined 264 employees on furlough in September, with the number expected to fall to 97 in October.

Science and Technology minister Shyu Jyuo-min said unpaid leave will not only hurt the employees but their families as well and the science park administrations will prepare measures to help the employees. Enterprises in the parks are required to report their intent to put workers on furlough to the park administration before doing it, Hsu said at a legislative hearing.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislator Cheng Li-chun said companies in the parks account for a large share of Taiwan’s electronics sector, and urged the ministry to address the unpaid leave problem because of the sheer number of companies.     [FULL  STORY]

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