KMT says no sackings soon
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) denied reports yesterday that it would fire more than 1,000 employees after the Lunar New Year. KMT spokesman Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) yesterday said that while greater efficiency in human resources has been a goal
of the party since the presidential elections in March, there were no set plans or a timetable for a mass dismissal. Rumors
that the KMT is planning
to dismiss all of its 1,700 employees and rehire just 500 are thought to be responsible for the recent suicide of long-time KMT employee Chen Wei-chieh (陳偉傑). Chen, who had worked in the KMT's Chungshan district office in Taipei for 20 years, killed himself on Tuesday night. The rumors were mentioned in his suicide letter.
■ Labor Affairs
Council calls for help
The Council for Labor Affairs has called for assistance for foreign workers from countries affected by tsunamis in South Asia, urging local employers to help their employees if they are in need. The council called on owners of businesses and labor brokers to do their best to offer assistance to needy workers who are from countries devastated by one of the world's worst natural catastrophes. India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand were hit the hardest. Labor brokers say they have so far received
no appeals for help from workers from the affected countries, as most of the foreign workforce in Taiwan are not from the areas which suffered damage. Indonesian workers in Taiwan mainly come from Java, while Thai workers mostly come from northern parts of the country, the labor brokers said.
Name change on hold
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not include the name "Taiwan" in the titles of overseas missions and state-owned enterprises
until the Legislative Yuan approves, ministry spokesman Michel Lu (呂慶龍) said yesterday. He said that the foreign ministry will abide by a resolution passed by the legislature on Wednesday stipulating that the foreign ministry must obtain consent from legislative committees and the Cabinet prior to making any changes. Lu added that the foreign ministry must also have the consent of
the governments of the countries where the changes will take place before altering any designations. President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said late last year that the word "Taiwan" would be included in the names of the nation's overseas missions and
state-owned enterprises to highlight the nation's separate identity.
■ Tsunami Aid
Relief team sent to Medan
A three-member medical team from the Taichung Hospital under the Department of Health departed yesterday for Medan in Indonesia, officials from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs said. The medical team, including a doctor and two medical workers, will set up a station to help victims of the tsunami spawned by the Dec. 26 earthquake under the Indian Ocean, the officials said. The team, formed after coordination between the ministry and the Department of Health, is scheduled to be in Indonesia for seven to 10 days, they said. The ministry has already contacted the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta to ensure the team receives the help it needs.