A one-armed man, Chen Teh-shun (陳德順), became an official employee of the Greater Kao-hsiung Environmental Protection Bureau yesterday, after having recently passed the bureau’s demanding qualification exam.
Chen, 57, was thrilled to become a full member of the bureau’s cleaning staff after working as a temporary cleaner for three years.
The full-time position means his monthly salary will increase from NT$19,800 (US$660) to NT$38,000. In addition, Chen will be eligible for benefits and a pension package for which temporary workers are not qualified.
Chen has found it difficult to find work ever since he lost his arm in an accident on a fishing boat 28 years ago. As a result, he felt privileged to find a temporary cleaning job three years ago, even if the pay was not enough for him to support his family.
Congratulating Chen on his new position, bureau officials said he deserved the job.
“Chen is a great cleaning man. Despite only having one arm, he works faster and better than most people with two arms,” unit head Wang Tsung-chu (王從駒) said.
At a recent recruitment drive applicants were required to take several tests, including a 50m run carrying a 10kg sandbag. Chen was one of 625 hopefuls. A total of 135 participants were offered jobs, the bureau said.