Protests as strike-punishment review starts

The China Post
Date: April 8, 2017
By: Sun Hsin Hsuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan — An adjudication committee charged to rule on whether the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) had inflicted unfair punishment on railway workers who participated in an industrial activity held its first meeting on Thursday.

Approximately 40 members of the Taiwan Railway Union (TRU) and supporters from other labor unions protested outside the Ministry of Labor on Thursday, demanding that the committee overrule the railway administration’s order to punish workers.

More than 300 TRA employees who failed to show up at work during the Lunar New Year vacation earlier this year received an absenteeism mark on their work records, according to the union. Four absenteeism marks constitute a basis for legal dismissal.

The TRU had filed an appeal against the railway administration’s punishment in mid-January on the basis of the Regulations for Decision on the Unfair Labor Practices.

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