With less than a month before Taiwanese go to the polls, the volume of campaign materials being mailed to potential voters has spiked — to such an extent that post office employees are planning a boycott on sorting and delivering campaign material, citing a bad working environment, postal workers said yesterday.
The workers’ discontent began during last year’s five special municipality elections, for which work hours were extended to ensure election material could be sent via mail. However, salaries were not raised and no additional breaks were offered.
According to post office employees, some employees committed suicide or died from overwork, adding that an “anti-government” mentality was starting to develop among employees.
Chen Hui-tse (陳惠澤), a post office official who established a blog so Chunghwa Post Co staff could express their anger, said the special municipality elections forced employees to work an average of 14 hours a day.
The heavy workload, coupled with no additional income or days off, were the primary reasons for their discontent.
Chunghwa Post’s main office took immediate measures to console its employees, with Mail Service Division chief Tseng Chin-hsiung (曾錦雄) saying that he had established 23 bureaus to make adequate shift arrangements in advance
Tseng added that if the spike in election mail caused employees to work overtime, overtime pay must be given, in accordance with the law.
Tseng said the peak time for campaign mailers was about a month before the election.
Translated by Jake Chung