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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TRANSPORTATION

Hochen defuses TRA strike

A potential strike by Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) workers was defused on Tuesday after the Ministry of Transportation and Communications agreed to their union’s demands to raise salaries and hire more workers. Hsieh Sheng-ming (謝省民), head of the Taiwan Railway Union, met with Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) on Tuesday afternoon. According to Hsieh, a long-term worker shortage has resulted in a deteriorating work environment. The union had demanded that by Friday next week the Executive Yuan approve a salary table that would improve wages and allowances. The union also demanded more workers be hired. Hochen supported the union’s demands and pledged to ask the Executive Yuan to approve the additional staff and agree to the salary table within three days.

ENERGY

COA plans to push biogas

The Council of Agriculture (COA) plans to aggressively push the development of biogas from agricultural waste for power generation in the near future, COA Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) said on Tuesday. Addressing Academia Sinica’s two-yearly convocation, Tsao said that to promote the recycling of agricultural and animal waste for biogas power generation, the council would help pig farms increase the number of pigs whose manure is used to produce biogas for power generation to 600,000 next year and to half of the total number of pigs in Taiwan within three years. In addition, some farmland that is not arable could be used for solar power generation, Tsao said. Environmental Protection Administration Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said the agency would help promote the council’s biogas power generation project.

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