Radio Taiwan International
Representatives of medical staff in Taipei protested on Thursday against being forced to
attend training classes during their vacation time.
Members of the Taipei Doctors Union held a protest against the policy that forces medical professionals to take training courses during their vacation time.
There are a number of courses for medical professionals. They range from general training courses, such as dealing with fire emergencies, to more specific ones such as procedures in intensive care units. Hospital staff members often have to take over 100 hours per year out of their vacation time for these courses. Failing to do so would subject them to a pay deduction.
The protestors said they have proposed a collective agreement with the hospitals to put time spent on training courses in their work hours. A Taipei City Department of Labor official also believes job-related training should not cut into employees’ vacation time.