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Kaohsiung plans to open labor museum


The Kaohsiung City Government is scheduled to establish the country's first labor museum, municipal Labor Bureau officials said.

The museum will be constructed at a warehouse area owned by the state-run Taiwan Sugar Corp as part of the city government's efforts to promote one of the central government's projects to "activate" idle land and office and factory buildings owned by state-run enterprises around the country, the officials said on Wednesday.

Since the end of World War II, the officials said, Kaohsiung has been developed into the nation's most important industrial city in the south.

Various industries have boomed in the city, including export processing, ship breaking, discarded metal processing, ship building, cement production, fuel refining, steel manufacturing, tourism and consumer electronics, as well as land, marine and air transport, the officials said.

The city government proposed including a research center in the labor museum to showcase a large variety of exhibits, including historical documents related to labor, the officials said.

Construction of the museum was the brainchild of former Kaohsiung mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who is now the Democratic Progressive Party's candidate for next year's presidential election. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) included the idea as part of her platform when running in the Kaohsiung mayoral election last December.

The budget for the museum, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2009, stands at NT$100 million (US$3.03 million), the officials said.

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