Tue, Dec 07, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Unions

No strike on election day

Responding to media reports of a possible strike by Chunghwa Telecom Workers Union (CTWU) members on election day, CTWU president Chung Hsu-chung (張緒中) said the labor union would not initiate a strike on Saturday and disrupt the poll. "We will not take to the streets on election day," Chung said. "I can guarantee that if anyone tries to hamper voting on the day, it won't be by Chunghwa Telecom workers." Prior to the union's rally on Sunday, at which more than 17,000 workers passed a resolution to strike, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications warned that those who destroy telecommunications facilities will be breaking the law. Chung said the ministry's allegation was baseless. "We never threatened to destroy facilities on election day and we will not act out the script they wrote for us," he said. Chung said the "misleading reports" in some newspapers may be part of a smear campaign against the union.

■ Health

Taipei warned of virus

Enterovirus infections in Taipei City have increased since the middle of last month, an official from the city's Department of Health said yesterday, adding that a total of 673 cases were reported by local clinics and hospitals during the period from Nov. 16-29. The figure shows a major growth compared with the 237 cases reported in the same period of last year, Tsai Yi-chen (蔡宜真) said, quoting data compiled by the department. Tsai said schools reported that a total of 19 classes of students have been forced to stay home due to the outbreak during the two-week period and as of yesterday, four classes were still closed. However, Tsai said this year's outbreak has mainly been caused by the less severe Coxsackie viruses rather than the more serious Enterovirus 71. The cases are lasting longer than in past years though and therefore, the public should stay alert and pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene to prevent infection, he said.

■ Education

Educators meet in Hsinchu

The 7th East Asia Education Forum will be held in Hsinchu on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, with 60 delegates from Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The forum, organized by the National Teachers' Association, will discuss the status of teachers and educational reform. The forum will also review Taiwan's educational climate by soliciting the opinions of overseas delegates, the organizers said. The organizing committee will also familiarize delegates with Chinese culture with a visit to the National Palace Museum in Taipei as well as Taiwanese history with trips to various places of historical importance in Hsinchu, they added.

■ Business

Conference on textiles held

A three-day textile conference organized by government and industry representatives to discuss various textile-related topics opened in Taipei yesterday. The Technical Textile Conference and Exhibition seeks to discuss health, medical care, warning labels and digital watermarks issues in the textile industry. A total of 32 panel discussions will be held during the three-day meeting, which will also feature 164 of the latest innovations in textile products developed by Taiwanese firms. Addressing the opening ceremony, Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) said that Taiwan's industrial-use textile production accounts for only 2 percent of world's total output.

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