By: Wang Cheng-chung and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) The Cabinet’s proposed amendment to the Labor Standards Act, which cuts the
number of national holidays from 19 to 12, will be discussed at a coordination meeting between the Legislature’s four party caucuses, a Legislative committee decided on Thursday.
The Executive Yuan and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus want to cut seven national holidays for all workers nationwide, while the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), New Power Party (NPP) and People First Party (PFP) want to keep the holidays.
KMT and NPP lawmakers proposed changes to the Cabinet’s amendment at a Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, in an effort to retain the national holidays.
However, Labor Minister Kuo Fang-yu (郭芳煜) said the proposal to cut the seven holidays was intended to ensure all workers (including public servants) enjoy the same number of holidays per year. Kuo said he would support whatever it took to achieve that goal. [FULL STORY]