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Jennifer Wang joins Chu’s ticket

COURTING CONTROVERSY?Jennifer Wang was often the target of criticism when she headed the Council of Labor Affairs, especially over lawsuits it filed in 2012

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

However, her time on the council — May 2008 and September 2012 — often saw her embroiled in controversies, including some triggered by her remarks.

When several labor groups criticized the council in December 2008 over its decision to allow companies to force workers to take unpaid leave.

Wang said at the time that workers who found themselves in financial difficulties as a result should just apply for a low-income household subsidy.

After the government implemented the “22K policy” for young people in 2009 — subsidizing companies that hired new graduates with a monthly wage of NT$22,000 — a policy that drew complaints that it dragged down starting salaries, Wang said in an April 2010 interview that “were it not for the policy, many would not even get a dime.”

In 2013, Wang served as one of the defense attorneys for former prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who was accused of leaking classified information related to an ongoing investigation in connection with an investigation into alleged improper influence by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).

Asked for comment on Jennifer Wang’s nomination, the speaker said he would not find it awkward to interact with her because she had just been doing her job as a lawyer.

“I do not find any problem in that,” he said.

However, Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming (許立明) was more critical.

He criticized Jennifer Wang over accusations she tried to shift the blame for lawsuits against laid-off workers to Chen, saying Chen had not tried to make those workers who received loans repay them.

Jennifer Wang also legitimized the unpaid leave system when she headed the labor council, Hsu said.

Additional reporting by Alison Hsiao

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