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Industrial federation pledges 5,000 jobs

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Taipei-based Chinese National Federation of Industries (全國工業總會) announced yesterday that it would try to provide 5,000 openings for the country’s jobless to work for a maximum period of six months.

The commitment, announced by federation chairman Preston Chen (陳武雄), came in response to a package of employment stimulus measures put forward by Council of Labor Affairs Minister Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄) on Wednesday.

One council program, dubbed “Get to work immediately,” invites privately run companies to hire Taiwanese workers who have been jobless for three or more consecutive months to work at their companies for a maximum period of six months.

These companies would then be entitled to a council subsidy of NT$10,000 per month for each newly hired worker.

The council says about 10,000 people could find jobs under this program, Wang said.

Chen pledged the federation’s help during a luncheon with Wang and other council officials yesterday. He said that the offer of a subsidy of NT$10,000 per worker per month was a sincere bid by the council to boost employment, but it would not be the best policy to tackle the root of the country’s economic woes.

“This trying time could also be an opportune time for the government to review its existing economic and labor policies and revise them accordingly,” Chen said.

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