PROTEST:Several hundred foreign labor agents rallied outside the Ministry of Labor against what they said were oppressive regulations that encouraged illegal workers
Date: Aug 29, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
An agreement has been reached with Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand to
raise the salaries of domestic staff and caregivers from those nations, the Ministry of Labor said yesterday.
It is the first such increase in 18 years.
Starting next month, new contracts will require a monthly salary of NT$17,000, up from the current NT$15,840.
While wages for foreign migrant workers were originally equivalent to the national minimum wage, the minimum wage has gradually been increased over the years — most recently going from NT$19,273 to NT$20,008 at the beginning of last month — while the wages of foreign domestic staff and caregivers remained frozen. [FULL STORY]