Thu, Aug 02, 2012 - Page 4 News List

Council launches site for labor help after disasters

Staff writer, with CNA

The Council of Labor Affairs yesterday launched a Web site to provide information on services available to workers and businesses affected by natural disasters.

The Web site offers information on matters ranging from labor insurance, employment services and job training to occupational safety and settlement of labor disputes, Department of Labor Welfare deputy director Chen Huey-rong said.

Council of Labor Affairs Deputy Minister Kuo Fang-yu (郭芳煜) said a telephone number for each service is listed on the Web site, which also has a link to the council’s official site.

“Workers are encouraged to call those numbers, or a special hotline on 0800-085-151, if they need any assistance during a natural disaster,” Kuo said.

Chen said foreign workers are also welcome to call the hotline for assistance.

Meanwhile, workers who fall victim to natural disasters are eligible to apply for several benefits and subsidies, the council said.

They can postpone payment of their labor insurance premiums and can apply for temporary allowances and free occupational training if they lose their jobs as a result of a natural disaster, Chen said.

The council will assist in the settlement of labor disputes caused by natural disasters and will provide consultancy services for workers on matters such as their right to wages and family leave, Chen said, adding that businesses can also request assistance if their premises and equipment are damaged by natural disasters.

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