The Kaohsiung City Government will closely monitor Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) to ensure its workers’ rights are upheld after the company was ordered on Dec. 20 to partly shut down one of its plants in the city due to its illegal discharging of wastewater, a city official said yesterday.
Chung Kung-chao (鍾孔炤) of the city government’s Labor Affairs Bureau said that if workers’ rights are compromised while the world’s lead chip packaging and testing firm’s K7 plant is closed, the bureau will fine the company in accordance with the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法).
Chung said that ASE should follow regulations and continue to pay salaries, overtime pay and other allowances to the workers at the K7 plant who have been transferred to other plants, adding that it should also safeguard employment-related rights.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) told ASE chairman Jason Chang (張虔文) on Sunday that the shutdown was not caused by a decline in business or other factors beyond the company’s control, conditions that would warrant furloughs under the Labor Standards Act.
How ASE treats its workers at the K7 plant during the shutdown would be taken into consideration when the city government assesses the company’s request to resume operations at the plant, Chen said.
The K7 plant was set to propose a plan yesterday for the resumption of all operations. The proposal will be assessed by a panel of experts and academics hired by the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau, another city official said.