The China Post
Date: October 5, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — As lawmakers geared up for a legislative committee review of the “one flexible day
off” bill, opposition parties and labor activists came out to criticize the policy, Tuesday.
Lawmakers from the Kuomintang (KMT) said the conflict between workers and employers must defused through consensus, slamming attempts by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) majority to force through the legislative review.
The KMT said such a forceful approach would only deepen the rift between the parties. “If the DPP’s Health and Welfare Committee head fails to show up, that’s entirely acceptable for us,” the KMT’s Chiang Chi-chen said.
The remark was a reference to DPP Legislator committee head Lin Shu-fen’s no-show during the last legislative session.
Local media recently reported that Lin was fined NT$30,000 by the DPP for failing to appear to lead legislative review of the amendments to the Labor Standards Act — the official name of the “one flexible, one fixed day off” policy. [FULL STORY]