By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The monthly minimum wage should be hiked to at least
NT$26,000 (US$811) to cover the rising cost of living, labor groups said Tuesday.
The Ministry of Labor is scheduled to host the regular review committee for the minimum wage on Wednesday. Following a decision last year, the basic wage reached NT$20,008 (US$624) last month, reports said.
At a news conference on the eve of the meeting, labor groups said Taiwan should follow the example of the International Labor Organization and allow workers to earn enough to cover basic household expenses. In this case, the minimum wage should rise to at least NT$25,997 a month, the groups said.
The MOL should also open up the committee meeting to the public, or at least broadcast it live online, while explaining how it calculated the salary. The groups also condemned business organizations for opposing minimum wage hikes each year and for saying the time was not right. The employers never said when the time would be right, the labor activists said. [FULL STORY]