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Taiwan is still negotiating with Indonesia and the Philippines on their “unilateral” decisions
made earlier this month to raise wages for domestic helpers in Taiwan, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
“We will bring the issue up at a meeting in Taipei in early August, which will be attended by labor officials from Taiwan and the Philippines,” said Bob Chen, deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a news briefing.
Taiwan will also continue to discuss the issue with Indonesia through existing communication channels, he said.
Since Indonesia and the Philippines announced the pay increases in July, the foreign ministry has said the issue needs to be handled through bilateral negotiations. The Indonesian and Philippine governments made their announcements without first consulting with Taiwan, Chen said. [FULL STORY]
Indonesia and the Philippines informed Taiwan earlier this month that they had decided to increase the monthly wage for their domestic helpers in Taiwan from the current NT$15,840 (US$502.60) to NT$17,500 (US$555.27).