Migrant workers rally for equal rights

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/13
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Migrant workers took to the streets of Taipei on Sunday, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcalling for equal treatment of long-term caregivers in Taiwan and marching to the campaign headquarters of Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to hand her a petition.

The protesters are calling for the scrapping of the current private brokerage system in favor of a direct nation-to-nation hiring system to allow migrant workers to change employers freely, the organizers said.

The migrant workers also want to see the end of a rule that requires them to leave Taiwan for at least one day after the expiration of their standard three-year work contract, according to Chuang Hui-ling (莊惠玲), a migrant worker representative and head of Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN-Taiwan).     [FULL  STORY]

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