Unpaid leave numbers rise
The number of employees in Taiwan who are on leave without pay rose slightly in the past two weeks, according to the latest figures released yesterday by the Council of Labor Affairs. As of the end of last month, 2,386 workers from 41 companies had reached agreements with their employers on taking leave without pay, with 2,366 of them currently on furlough, the figures showed. The number rose slightly from Nov. 15, when 2,348 workers from 41 companies had agreed with their employers to go on furloughs, and 2,328 of them were on unpaid leave. The latest figures are the highest since Feb. 28, when 2,547 workers from 42 companies had agreed to furloughs, with 2,216 taking days off without pay.
Solar sales ‘in good shape’
Taiwanese solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers will be “in good shape” due to strong demand from Japanese firms, according to a Taipei-based market information advisory firm. Japan’s PV demand will remain strong over the next two years, TrendForce predicted in a research note, despite the closing of applications for subsidies on residential PV installations next March. Official figures showed that Taiwan exported US$315.06 million worth of solar cells in the first nine months of this year, up 151.62 percent from the same period a year ago.