Minimum wage hike discussions put on hold

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/21
By: Zoe Wei and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) The Minimum Wage Review Committee under the 201512210025t0001Ministry of Labor will not meet again this year to discuss whether to adjust the country’s minimum wage, in light of the unfavorable economic situation, an official said Monday.

During its last meeting in August, the committee decided not to raise the minimum wage. The ministry, however, said at that time that a minimum wage working group would have discussions in the fourth quarter on whether the committee will meet for a second time on the issue.

During a meeting of the working group Monday, representatives of workers and employers reached a consensus that the committee will not meet again this year, after considering the country’s unsatisfactory economic data, including the gross domestic product and consumer price index, according to Hsieh Chien-chien (謝倩蒨), head of the Department of Labor Standards and Equal Employment.     [FULL  STORY]

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