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Number of furloughed workers falls: CLA

Staff writer, with CNA

The number of workers on unpaid leave has dropped by 26.7 percent to slightly more than 3,400 over the past two weeks, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) said yesterday.

As of the middle of this month, 36 companies had reached agreements with their employers on unpaid leave, with 3,433 workers on furlough, the latest statistics from the council showed.

The figure represented a decrease from the end of last month, when 4,682 employees from 39 companies had agreed to take unpaid leave and 3,960 of them were on furlough.

This month’s figures showed a more than 50 percent drop in the number of furloughed workers since the end of February.

Official figures on furloughed workers are released on the first and 16th of every month.

Meanwhile, the council said that as of the middle of this month, 1,485 workers from 19 companies had signed up for a program to retrain furloughed workers. Those workers will receive NT$100 an hour for each hour spent in the training program.

The program, which was launched in October last year, provides training subsidies for employees whose work hours have fallen by 16 hours or more over a two week period.

To qualify for the subsidies, one of the conditions is that the companies are required to keep their workforce numbers at a certain agreed level.

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