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KMT and DPP will pay staff smaller year-end bonuses

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have decided to cut their year-end bonuses. But both parties assured employees that they would receive bonuses because they have worked hard this year.

“No matter how tough the economic situation, we will take care of our staff,” said Lin Yung-rey (林永瑞), a KMT administrative official. “We will tighten our belts and withstand these tough economic times.”

Lin said that the KMT would pay an average of half a month’s salary to all staff members, or at least NT$10,000 each.

“No matter what, the KMT will not lay off staff or cut salaries,” he said.

Noting that when the economy was good, the KMT paid year-end bonuses of between one to one-and-a-half months’ salary, he said it would cost the party a lot to pay even the reduced bonuses for its 900 staff members.

The DPP has decided to give an across-the-board bonus of NT$10,000 to its 102 employees, chief communications officer Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said.

“When the economy was stronger, the DPP gave its staff one month to one-and-a-half months’ salary in bonuses,” Cheng said.

DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will pay for the year-end staff party herself, Cheng said.

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