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Around the Web – Taiwanese plan to regulate temporary employment sparks protests

01 May 2012

The Taiwanese Government is planning to regulate temporary employment but labour organisations in the country are far from happy about this decision as they want to abolish temporary work altogether, reports the news channel Focus Taiwan.

The Cabinet-level Council of Labour Affairs (CLA) has recognised that temporary and contract employment have become a reality on the labour market and in order to prevent malpractices in the industry, it is set on introducing regulations.

Lee Lai-hsi, the head of the CLA's Department of Planning, said yesterday that temporary employment needs to be put on “the right track rather than allowing it to get worse without restraint.”

The “dispatched worker system”, as it is called locally, describes the practice of temporary staffing when temporary employment agencies employ and pay workers who are sent out to companies for work. This, labour organisations argue, is a flawed system as employment agencies can and allegedly often do pay very low wages, failing to protect the rights of temporary workers.

The Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions is strictly against the implementation of regulations on “dispatched employment” and claims that this would only lead to the legitimisation of such “exploitative” employment.

Meanwhile various groups, including student and labour organisations, have called for strikes on today’s International Labour Day. In the past, contract and temporary workers in Taiwan have complained about low salaries, job discrimination and long working hours in the industry. 


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