Hundreds of Taiwanese Companies Fined for Exploiting Workers

The News Lens
Date 2016/04/26
Translated and compiled by Yuan-ling Liang


Photo Credit:洪慈庸

On April 25, the Taipei City’s Department of Labor issued the latest list of companies that have violated the Labor Standards Act. Industries such transportation, medical care, finance, catering and media are all on the list. Well known companies including MUJI, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Michael Kors, Edwin and Net are among those named.

Since January, four lists of companies and organizations that violate the Labor Standards Act have been announced. Liberty Times reports, most of the violators, including 48 companies, have been fined for not giving extra payment to their employees even when they extend their working hours. Thirty four companies were fined for not letting employees rest on weekends while 30 of them make workers work overtime.

According to another survey conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Ministry of Labor, in 2015, 337 companies violated the regulations, including McDonald’s and the Formosa Fun Coast, where the water park powder explosion accident took place.

Disadvantaged groups are more likely to be exploited by their employers and usually do not complain, OSHA says.     [FULL  STORY]

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