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FEATURE: White Wolf’s interest in labor raises eyebrows

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS?The former Bamboo Union leader has offered financial help to labor groups when they have been planning protests against the government

By Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter

He also offered again to make a NT$2 million donation, which TIWA members again refused.

Chen said that the group accepted donations of under NT$100,000 — regardless of the giver’s background — but refused to accept large donations.

Chang, who returned to Taiwan in June 2013 after spending 17 years hiding in China after fleeing the country in 1996 while wanted for alleged violations of the Organized Crime Prevention Act (組織犯罪防制條例), has been an outspoken proponent of unification with China.

As the chairman of the China Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), he made headlines last year by leading a clamorous rally during the Sunflower movement protests outside the Legislative Yuan.

Chang also made contact last year with the Former Freeway Toll Collectors Self-Help Organization, a labor rights group launched with assistance from TIWA in January last year, after about 1,000 toll collectors lost their jobs when the government switched toll collection on the nation’s freeways to an all-electronic system.

The group’s president, Sun Hsiu-luan (孫秀鑾), said that Chang contacted her “about five to six times,” following a series of protests the toll collectors staged at KMT campaign rallies and various government agencies.

“Following the protest where we went to Ma Ying-jeou’s house to throw shoes [over the walls of the president’s residence], the White Wolf called me, saying that he wanted to meet us,” Sun said.

She said that Chang was “very courteous” and expressed his desire to “stand in unity with the workers,” adding that Chang insisted that the toll collectors to discuss their problems with him in person.

Despite Chang’s repeated efforts, the former toll collectors told him that they were “extremely busy” and never arranged a meeting with him, Sun said.

“He made a point of saying: ‘Your demands have reached President Ma Ying-jeou already,’” she said, adding that Chang did not elaborate on how he intended to “provide assistance” to the workers.

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