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Report blames low-level staff for ITRI course on how to flout labor regulations

Staff writer, with CNA

The government has received a report that places the blame on low-level staff for the state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute’s (ITRI) plans to offer a course for employers on ways to circumvent labor laws, an official said yesterday.

“We received the report from the ITRI this morning,” said Wu Ming-ji (吳明機), director-general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Department of Industrial Technology.

The initial investigation suggests that low-level employees should take the blame, he said. He did not say how low-level employees would have the authority to develop and offer ITRI courses.

At issue was a plan by the ITRI College — the institute’s education and training service — to open a course on May 17 in Taichung teaching employers how to get around the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), the details of which were posted on the institute’s Web site.

Wu said he would visit Greater Taichung to look into the management’s role in the scheme.

Also that day, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) said the report would be made public soon and he offered an apology for the incident at a legislative hearing.

Institute president Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民) recently also apologized to the public over the matter.

Shyu said the course was planned based on recommendations by businesses, and he admitted that ITRI College was at fault for not screening the content before accepting the recommendations.

Industrial Technology Research Institute College chief executive Wang Feng-kuei (王鳳奎) has been removed from his post to take responsibility for the scandal.

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