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Chen Chu awaits word from party on Kaohsiung post

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Chairperson Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday said that she had not yet been informed of whether she will be the DPP's candidate for deputy mayor of Kaohsiung.

"The Democratic Progress Party [DPP] has its own mechanism to choose appropriate candidates," Chen said.

"I respect the president and the new premier's plan, and so far I have not been informed regarding their position," said Chen in a meeting with the press.

There has been speculation that during the Cabinet reshuffle, Chen could be named the new vice-premier or run for deputy mayor in Kaohsiung.

In comparison with other former CLA chairpersons, Chen oversaw the passing of the most new labor laws, including the Gender Equality in Employment Law (兩性工作平等法), Law to Protect Workers Against Occupational Hazards (職業災害勞工保護法), and Employment Insurance Law (就業保險法).

However, Chen regretted that two proposed laws have still not passed: the third labor law, which consists of the labor union law, the settlement of labor disputes law and the collective agreement law; and the labor insurance pension plan.

The many CLA programs initiated during Chen's term have assisted thousands of disabled people and social minorities with their employment.

Huang Chih-kang (黃志鋼), a wheelchair-bound young man who participated in a home business training program operated by the CLA, is now running a successful online business selling rice.

"After graduating from vocational school, I simply stayed home and did nothing all day -- I had little hope in life," Huang said. "By chance I came across this program and decided to give it a shot. Now, I am able to make a living by working in my own home."

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