Furlough numbers decline
The number of furloughed workers dropped by 10 percent to 1,581 in the past two weeks, according to statistics released by the Council of Labor Affairs yesterday. As of Tuesday, workers from 33 companies were in an agreement with their employers to take unpaid leave, with 1,252 of them currently on furlough, the figures showed. The number represents a decrease from April 15, when 1,766 workers from 35 companies had agreed to furlough arrangements with their employers, with 1,447 of them currently on unpaid leave at the time.
Taipower denies allegations
State-owned Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) yesterday said that it did not extract groundwater at New Taipei City’s (新北市) Taishan (泰山), Wugu, (五股) or Sinjhuang (新莊) districts while carrying out a reconstruction project at its Taishan electrical substation, denying accusations that the work loosened the soil bases of houses in the area. Taipower issued the statement after Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) yesterday requested the company to repair damaged houses near the substation and take responsibility for a road collapse in Taishan in 2010.
Smartphone shipments rise
Worldwide smartphone shipments increased steadily in the first quarter of this year, according to a recent report DRAMexchange, which said 216.4 million smartphones were shipped in the first three months of the year, up 9.4 percent from the previous quarter. Global smartphone shipments have been increasing every quarter, despite seasonal changes since early last year, the report said.