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Taiwan, Indonesia sign agreement on labor importation

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Employment agencies will be allowed to introduce new Indonesian laborers by the end of this month, Council of Labor Affair (CLA) Chairwoman Chen Chu (陳菊) said yesterday.

Chen added the CLA will call a press conference this morning to detail the agreement she has reached with her Indonesian counterpart.

Chen made the remarks yesterday night after completing a visit to Indonesia. According to Chen, she signed a Taiwan-Indonesian memorandum on labor affairs with the Indonesian government.

"It has been the government's consistent position to sign a memorandum dealing with labor affairs that refers to country-to-country employment," Chen said.

Indonesia approved all the conditions required by Taiwan.

"My trip this time to Indonesia was to sign the memorandum," Chen said.

Chen declined to specify a timetable for the re-introduction of Indonesian labor workers, but said such workers could come to Taiwan by the end of this month.

The importation of Indonesian workers had been suspended since August, 2002.

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