By: Yu Hsiao-han and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) Labor Minister Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) said Wednesday that she
will give serious consideration to a proposal to allow government employees to form workers’ unions.
Responding to a legislator’s question on the issue, Lin said she will discuss the matter with the Ministry of Civil Service (MCS) and other government agencies.
She said, however, that it was debatable whether unionizing was the only solution to the issues raised by opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀).
In a meeting of the Legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, Lee said that public servants, including policemen and firefighters, should have the right to unionize, engage in collective bargaining and take industrial action, like workers in the private sector. [FULL STORY]