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Taiwan Quick Take: President vows to cut deaths


President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) vowed yesterday to cut the rates of occupational injury and death by 30 percent within two years. In a speech delivered at a meeting organized by the Council of Labor Affairs to improve workplace safety, the president dismissed the council's goal of cutting the rates by 20 percent within two years as "lukewarm." He said the goal should be raised to 30 percent, as workplace safety is a basic right of laborers and one of the vital criteria for a civilized society. Noting that he promised to lower the rate of occupational death by 40 percent during his term when he campaigned for president in 2000, Chen proudly claimed that he had honored his promise, citing statistics showing that deaths from workplace incidents had declined from 77 per million laborers in 2000 to 44 per million laborers in 2004.

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