Nearly 500 angry, unemployed laborers, fishermen, college graduates and farmers yesterday appealed to President Chen Shui-bian (
"We want jobs ... we want jobs," the crowd yelled in front of the Presidential Office yesterday afternoon.
"I have been unemployed for 19 months," said Chen Chin-yi (陳進義), chairman of the Jobless Workers' Association.
"There are another 80,000 jobless workers like me in Kaohsiung City, my hometown. We want nothing more than a job for each person to support ourselves and our families. It is so pathetic, isn't it?" Chen Chin-yi said.
The people who attended yesterday's protest came from all over Taiwan.
They said that they decided to stage the activity two weeks before the presidential election because they hoped that this would improve their chances of being taken seriously by the two political camps.
"We are fed-up to the teeth with the political lies of the past four years. The politicians keep promising us that they will do something and that things will get better, but their promises never came true," said Chan Chao-li (詹朝立), a poet and farmer, who was the convener of yesterday's rally. "While they are campaigning for the presidency, we will be more than happy to hear what these candidates can do for us."
Chan said that since Taiwan became a member of the World Trade Organization in 2002, the average income of farmers dropped by 30 percent, and that of fishermen by 50 percent.
In spite of this, the government kept importing products such as rice and fish, he said.
"It only made the situation go from bad to worse. We are not complaining about what the government did, we are complaining that government officials did not do anything to help us or provide a solution," Chan said.
In the meantime, he said, another 137 farm products will be imported to Taiwan next year and the impact on local farm products will definitely become more serious if no improvements or changes are made.
It is their hope that the next president, whoever he will be, will be able to do something to help the unemployed, Chan said.
Su Shan-hsuan (
"It is not that we do not want to work. The fact is that employers do not want to hire entry-level employees. We are just asking for a start. I decided to continue my education because I could not find any chance to start my career," Su said.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
PILLAGING PENGHU: A 7,539-tonne Chinese ship found mining sand in the Formosa Banks area was escorted by several CGA ships to a Kaohsiung harbor The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday announced that it had dispatched ships to intercept Chinese dredging vessels operating in the nation’s territorial waters near Penghu and detained 10 crew members, who were transported to Kaohsiung. A coast guard patrol discovered more than 20 dredging vessels in an area known as the Formosa Banks, 46 nautical miles (85km) southwest of Penghu County’s Cimei islet (七美) at about 5am on Wednesday. The agency responded by dispatching two patrol boats, the 3,000-tonne Kaohsiung and the 500-tonne Penghu, along with two frigates, to intercept the Chinese vessels, while an airborne observation unit was used to monitor
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease