Protesters urge stiffer school penalty

‘SLAP ON THE WRIST’: Demonstrators said that St John’s University has since August withheld the pay of about 30 educators who refused to accept a 50 percent salary cut

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 08, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Educators from St John’s University protest outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei yesterday, saying the ministry needs to do more than impose lenient fines on the university, which they say owes teachers salaries.
Photo: Wu Po-hsuan, Taipei Times

Educators from New Taipei City’s St John’s University and members of the Taiwan Higher Education Union yesterday staged a protest outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei demanding that the ministry take action beyond imposing fines on the school, which they claimed owed faculty salaries.

Speaking outside the ministry, Lin Po-yi (林柏儀), director of the union’s organization department, said that to force teachers to accept having their salaries cut by half, the university has since August “maliciously” not paid salaries to about 30 teachers who rejected the pay cuts.

As of Monday, the university owed teachers salaries for three months,” he said.

The union estimates that it owes about 30 teachers NT$10 million (US$345,244), he said.

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