Fri, Oct 03, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Purple alliance demands legislators heed its call

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Alliance of Justice and Fairness, also known as the pan-purple alliance, yesterday demanded the legislature carry out its proposals.

The alliance sent an open letter to all the political parties in the legislature, including the alliance of independent legislators, urging them to prioritize tax reform and the establishment of a social security network during the current session. The alliance said these issues to take precedence over the independence-unification debate.

"If the government cannot give the people a social security network, the government still fails the people even if the name of the country is changed. People are also aware that if there is not enough money in the treasury, no matter which party is in power it cannot do anything," said Chien Hsi-chueh, the alliance convener.

The alliance also threatened to conduct a campaign designed to unseat certain legislators. Under the plan, the alliance would list the legislators it dislikes and advise the electorate against voting for them.

The changes the alliance demanded be passed were ones it had mentioned in previous press conference. The plans deal with tax reform, a public pension system, a well-developed caregivers' industry and improved benefits for foreign brides.

The alliance said legislators demonstrated their attitude toward foreign brides by failing to finalize a review of amendments to the Statute Governing the Relations between People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例).

"The mainland spouses should be entitled to the same rights enjoyed by other foreign spouses," said Wu Wei-ting, CEO of the Awakening Foundation (婦女新知基金會). The foundation is one of the alliance's founding groups.

"The mainland spouses should be separated from other mainland people who come to Taiwan. They should be treated as other foreign spouses are," Wu said.

"They should enjoy work rights immediately after they get married and come to Taiwan like the Southeast Asian spouses, and both should be entitled to the rights and help for a disadvantaged person as stipulated in Article 24 of the Employment Services Act (就業服務法)," Wu said.

The alliance said more information on its activities is available on its Web site: www.justice.org.tw.

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