Council of Labor Affairs Chairwoman Jennifer Wang (王如玄) on Friday rejected Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng’s (李炷烽) proposal that the government legalize Chinese laborers in the outlying island as a pilot program before making it a nationwide policy.
Allowing Chinese people to work in Kinmen would neither take away job for Kinmen citizens nor affect the rights of workers in Taiwan proper, Lee said. The island is closer to China than Taiwan and has a total of 370 foreign laborers, mostly caregivers, he said.
Lee said nearly 15,000 Kinmen residents and descendants of former residents now reside in China’s Fujian Province.
Kinmen welcomes those long lost residents to come home and would like to employ them instead of foreign laborers, Lee said.
However, Wang turned down Lee’s proposal, saying that legalizing Chinese workers either in the outlying islands or in Taiwan was against President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) policy, and is against the interest of Taiwanese workers.