Tsai issues apology for remarks on national holidays

Taipei Times
Date: May 11, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday apologized for a statement she made on Friday that Taiwanese have too many holidays, which triggered harsh criticism from the public.

“When visiting factories and meeting with operators of small and medium-sized businesses in Changhua County on Friday, I was unable to completely express my views when responding [to questions raised by business owners], because there was not sufficient time,” Tsai said in a post on Facebook. “I would like to sincerely express my apologies for the misunderstanding and controversies [my remarks] have caused.”

One business owner expressed his concerns over the proposed amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that would limit weekly work hours to 40, while restricting overtime hours, saying that such legislation would have a serious impact on smaller businesses.     [FULL  STORY]

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