Rail workers’ penalties softened amid protests

The China Post
Date: February 10, 2017
By: The China Post new staff

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Thursday offered some leniency

Union demonstrators protest outside the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Thursday. (Morgan Lin, The China Post)

to workers who were punished for participating in a strike during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The punishment for striking workers who submitted a request for absence beforehand could be lightened, MOTC Minister Ho Chen Tan said Thursday, reiterating the ministry’s efforts to improve the working conditions of TRA staff.

Ho Chen said that public transportation was like the service industry: “the purpose of its existence is to serve clients.

“And when there are more clients, we must join efforts to satisfy their demands.”

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