Labor relations issues on the rise, says CNFI White Book

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-07-20

Taiwan’s industries are facing an increasing number of labor relations issues. That is

The 2017 White Book was released on Thursday by the Chinese National Federation of Industries. (CNA photo)

according to the 2017 White Book released on Thursday by the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI). The federation is a major forum for Taiwan’s industrial sector.

The White Book presents a total of 119 subjects of discussion and 272 suggestions, a significant increase compared to the previous year. The biggest number of new suggestions pertains to labor relations.

The latest revision of the labor law kicked in at the beginning of the year. The new law mandates that all employees get one fixed day off per week plus one flexible day which can be negotiated for overtime pay. The new law has drawn strong backlash, with employers complaining about higher labor costs and employees largely not earning more than before.

CNFI secretary general Tsai Lien-sheng said the new law has caused great damage to the nation’s economy.

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