Business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages, and it’s time to start protecting workers in Taiwan.
The News Lens
By: Justin Hugo
Taiwan’s wages are low and the recent proposal to increase Taiwan’s minimum wage
to NT$22,000 (US$730) would do little to improve the livelihood of Taiwan’s workers.
Last month, the Basic Wage Deliberation Committee met and proposed to increase Taiwan’s minimum wage from NT$21,009 (US$697) this year to NT$22,000 (US$730) next year – the committee meets in the third quarter of every year, where representatives from the government, businesses and labor groups discuss whether to increase the minimum wage. The committee is convened by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).
Theoretically, this tripartite arrangement should be applauded for wanting to bring the different groups together to try to achieve a consensus. But in practice, business groups have boycotted the meetings halfway through. It happened last year. It happened again this year. These business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages. [FULL STORY]