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No utility shortages over holiday: MOEA

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday said it does not expect any water, electricity or fuel supply shortages during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The ministry said state-run utilities have come up with contingency plans if workers at any of the firms take industrial action over the holiday to protest against legislators’ decision to cut their bonuses.

Members of the Taiwan Petroleum Workers’ Union held a march on Saturday to protest the legislators cutting the year-end bonuses for 2011 for state-run CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 中油) workers from the equivalent of 2.6 months’ salary to 1.2 months.

“Workers of CPC will follow the company’s working schedule during the holiday. CPC will supply a sufficient amount of fuel during the holidays,” CPC president Arthur Kung (孔祥雲) told a press conference yesterday.

Kung said some CPC gas stations will extend their working hours during the holiday, while some of those in popular tourist areas, such as Shitan Township (獅潭) and Nanjhuang (南庄) in Miaoli County, as well as Kenting (墾丁) in Pingtung County, will operate 24 hours a day.

Taiwan Power Co (台電) president Lee Han-shen (李漢申) and Taiwan Water Corp (台灣自來水) president Chen Fu-Tien (陳福田) promised stable power and water supplies during the holiday.

Consumers can call 1910, 1911 or 1912 during the holiday if they need assistance from the three firms.

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