Date: Oct 08, 2016
By: Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporter
Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (台化) has no plan to furlough its Changhua plant workers, even
though the three boilers of the plant’s coal-fired generators were shut down yesterday.
The company said it would still pay salaries and bonuses to about 1,000 workers at the loss-making plant, which mainly produces artificial fibers such as nylon and rayon.
However, yesterday’s negotiation session between the company, the Changhua County Government and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) only reached consensus on the protection of labor rights and the company’s compliance with emission standards.
The key issue of the company’s license renewal application for its three boilers remains unsolved.
The license for the three boilers expired on Wednesday last week.
The county government has refused to renew the license due to the company’s failure to meet regulatory requirements by lowering the sulfur content in the bituminous coal used in the generators. [FULL STORY]