Foreign labor rights groups yesterday urged the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to amend labor laws so that foreign laborers can extend their stay in Taiwan in cases where there is a labor dispute.
\nSome 30 foreign migrant workers, led by the Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA), held a demonstration outside the CLA building yesterday.
\nThe workers, from the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, say they are owed three months' salary by their employer, a factory in Taipei County, but may be forced to leave the country before their case is resolved.
\nDespite several rounds of negotiations between the county government's Bureau of Labor Affairs and the company, the workers have not yet been paid.
\nSome 125 foreign workers that the company allegedly hasn't paid are facing repatriation within 14 days.
\n"Many foreign workers in labor disputes, or who have suffered occupational injuries, or have even been raped by their employers, are deported right away. Due to the expiration of their Alien Residence Certificates (ARC), many are unable to stay in Taiwan long enough to have their disputes settled," said Wu Jing-ru (
PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, TAIPEI TIMES
A proposal by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to permanently ban sitting in Taipei Railway Station’s main hall has received a mixed reaction online, with some social media users vowing to launch a sit-in at the station. Gatherings at the hall have been prohibited since Feb. 29 in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s policy of reducing crowd sizes in public places. A Facebook user organizing the sit-in said that the hall is a public space and there is no legitimate reason to ban sitting on the floor. He said he suspected that the proposal was made due to business considerations and
Chinese over-the-top (OTT) service provider iQiyi cannot register as a provider in Taiwan after the Mainland Affairs Council declared it to be an illegal service, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. Both iQiyi and WeTV were deemed to be illegal Chinese OTT operators in an interdepartmental meeting on Friday last week, officials said, adding that this prohibits them from marketing their services in Taiwan or seeking subscribers. The government plans to block a local server that iQiyi has been using to transmit content to domestic audiences, which would disrupt its content transmission. OTT Entertainment Ltd, which is enlisted by iQiyi to
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying: