CLARIFICATION:Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan said cross-caucus negotiations are open to the public if people want to examine whether he has been biased
Date: Oct 29, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
A row over an amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) concerning the five-
day workweek continued in the Legislative Yuan’s general assembly meeting yesterday, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus refusing to engage in cross-caucus negotiations and occupying the speaker’s podium.
After scuffles in the committee in the past two days, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) called for a cross-caucus negotiation yesterday morning, which the KMT caucus snubbed, saying that a negotiation should have been called when opposition lawmakers demanded that the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee amendment review meeting on Oct. 5 be invalidated.
KMT Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said that the negotiation was only called because “someone had shed tears.”
He was referring to New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang’s (黃國昌) tears during Thursday’s committee meeting where a physical fight broke out among lawmakers and Huang accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of betraying its legislative reform promises. [FULL STORY]