Walkout a legal action: railway union

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/05
By: Wu Hsin-yun, Wang Shu-fen and Kuo Chung-han

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) Taiwan Railway Union (TRU) said Sunday that its members’ taking leave during the six-day Lunar New Year holiday from Jan. 27-Feb. 1 is a legal action and it called for the Ministry of Labor (MOL) to not side with the railway management.

On Feb. 3, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), the state-operated railway company, said about 370 of its employees did not show up for work as scheduled, which was considered “absent without official leave” and the absentees will be punished.

The union, which is mostly comprised of train station staff, said its members “took legal leave” based on a motion passed in its congress on Jan. 1 and it had notified the TRA, the MOL and Taipei City Department of Labor on Jan. 11.    [FULL  STORY]

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