Legislator, farmers slam red tape over labor imports

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/08/2020
By: William Yen

DPP lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉) / CNA photo Sept. 8, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) A ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator and farmers' association representatives slammed government agencies on Tuesday for bureaucratic red tape that they said hinders the employment of migrant workers for food processing plants under local farmers' and fishermen's associations.

At a press conference in Taipei, DPP lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉) said the lack of labor available for food processing plants is already causing an impact on their operations.

However, government agencies continue to cite laws and regulations to push responsibility away from themselves instead of assisting them to import foreign workers to solve the problem of labor shortages.

According to data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), there are currently 179 processing plants under the control of various local farmers' associations, while there are six processing plants under fishermen's associations, Chiu said.    [FULL  STORY]

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