The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has agreed to study the feasibility of allowing private waste-disposal companies to import foreign workers, a council official said yesterday. \n"We'll ask the foreign labor policy advisory panel to conduct a feasibility study in June," the official said, adding that if a consensus can be reached, the environmental protection industry will be allowed to import foreign laborers on a case-by-case basis. \nAt present, only investors who have begun investment projects worth over NT$200 million (US$5.71 million) each in the manufacturing sector are eligible to apply to hire foreign workers, and only on a case-by-case basis. \nPrivate waste-disposal companies recently filed a petition with the CLA, saying they have long been plagued by serious labor shortages because so few local people are willing to take jobs in this line of work because of the foul working environment and the harshness of the work. \nAn initial CLA study shows that the environmental protection industry can neither be relocated abroad nor can it be replaced through imports. Since waste disposal is an integral part of environmental protection, the CLA said, companies should be allowed to import foreign workers to help resolve their labor shortages. \nNevertheless, the CLA said, the number of alien workers each waste disposal firm would be allowed to import should abide by the quota to be set out by the Industrial Development Bureau. \nAs waste disposal companies usually have to purchase a variety of heavy-duty equipment and machinery, the CLA said, these companies can easily meet the NT$200 million investment requirement for the importation foreign workers.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,