Legislators occupy to block workweek bill

The China Post
Date: October 5, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Opposition and ruling party lawmakers occupied committee meeting rooms in the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday in the lead-up to the review of a government-sponsored bill to reform workweek regulations. The review is scheduled for Wednesday.

Tensions were palpable Tuesday afternoon as several opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers occupied the committee room of the Health and Welfare Committee, where the government-backed bill was set for review.

According to Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀), the party’s lawmakers reserved usage of Conference Room 801 of the legislature’s Chun-Hsien building to “discuss the Electricity Act.” Her colleague Legislator Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said with a smile that the group would be there “indefinitely” and had made no plans to leave.

The KMT earlier held a press conference vowing to block the review process, thereby preventing a floor vote in which it would be vastly outnumbered. Members of the opposition said the party was employing tactics formerly used by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to “give it a taste of its own medicine.”     [FULL  STORY]

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