The China Post
Date: October 6, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Fury erupted inside and outside the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday as the
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pushed through committee a controversial workweek law that some fear will undermine workers’ rights.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ying, just minutes after convening the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, ended discussion of the Cabinet-proposed bill and called a vote.
The DPP’s majority carried the bill over the objections of opposition lawmakers.
The bill — which mandates one day off every week and another “flexible” day off, for which employees must be paid overtime wages if they work — will now enter cross-party negotiations.
Its passage triggered strong protests from opposition lawmakers in the committee, as well as from protesters gathered outside the Legislative Yuan. [FULL STORY]