Labor groups protest stimulus package, call for wider-ranging reforms

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/01/2020
By Wu Hsin-yun and Matthew Mazzetta

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Taiwanese labor activists complained on Friday that working people had been left behind by government economic stimulus plans and issued a list of demands for improvements to the country's labor situation.

A coalition of trade unions that had canceled an annual march commemorating International Workers Day in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, made its demands at a smaller-scale press conference that took place on Taipei's Ketagalan Boulevard.

Although Taiwan has so far been spared the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers in affected industries are still facing unpaid furlough, said Confederation of Taipei Trade Unions President Cheng Ya-hui (鄭雅慧).

Labor groups, Cheng continued, "have had to push the government every step of the way" to secure stimulus funding, while the government's industry-by-industry approach has resulted in waste.

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