Vice premier pans MOTC over mishaps

CUTTING THE SOURCE:The Ministry of Transportation and Communications should find out the causes of the problems instead of firing the people who are responsible

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 24, 2016
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff Reporter

Following two derailments, a major flood that paralyzed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and a strike by China Airlines (CAL) flight attendants — all within one month — Vice Premier Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) yesterday held the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) responsible, urging it to conduct a detailed and thorough review of its functions.

Speaking at a weekly Cabinet meeting, Lin said that the flooding, the derailed trains and the strike, which started at midnight yesterday, are all problems that involved management to various extents, and as the ministry in charge of transportation, it should conduct a thorough review of its businesses.

“First it was the CAL pilots who protested labor conditions [last month] and now it is the flight attendants,” Lin said. “With the appointment of a new CAL chairman, we must take the initiative to negotiate between the employer and the employees at CAL.”

The vice premier said poor management of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) was to blame for the second derailment in a month due to warped tracks in Hualien County.     [FULL  STORY]

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