Migrant workers, rights groups protest in Taipei

LEGISLATIVE PROTECTION: A ‘household service act’ is needed to protect foreign domestic workers, who are not currently covered by the Labor Standards Act

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 14, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Members of the Migrants Empowerment Network in Taiwan and other workers’ rights groups hold banners and signs during a protest in front of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

About 200 migrant workers and workers’ rights advocates yesterday rallied in front of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to push for legislation to guarantee legal protection for domestic workers.

At the heart of the protesters’ demands is a proposed “household service act” that the Migrants Empowerment Network in Taiwan (MENT) — a coalition of grassroots migrants’ rights organizations that organized the protest — has been pushing for since 2003.

Protesters held signs with messages reading “We want legal protection,” “We are not slaves and not products,” and “Stop human trafficking. Stop exploitation.”

Representatives of several groups, including MENT members such as the Taipei-based Taiwan International Workers’ Association, the Taoyuan-based Hope Workers’ Center and the Hsinchu Migrants and Immigrants Service Center, as well supporters such as the Awakening Foundation, took part in the protest.    [FULL  STORY]

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