The Chunghwa Express Workers’ Union canceled a strike scheduled for today after the company agreed to all of its demands following a two-hour meeting yesterday afternoon.
In addition to a NT$5,000 raise for all entry-level employees, the union had demanded that performance-based bonuses this year not be lower than the average bonuses for 2020 and last year.
Meanwhile, the company must not retaliate against union members for organizing a strike or workers’ events, the union said, adding that wages of workers who went on strike last week would be determined in a meeting today.
Chunghwa Post Co’s salary adjustment mechanism would be used as reference when a similar system is being set up at the delivery firm, the union said.
Negotiations over such a system should be conducted within a month between representatives from Chunghwa Express, the Taiwan Automobile Freight and Warehousing Association, and Chunghwa Post’s board of directors.
Chunghwa Express chairman Huang Cheng-chung (黃政忠) and union chairman Chen Hung-chuen (陳宏春) signed a document agreeing to the demands. The two and other union members are to meet with Chunghwa Post president Chiang Rui-tang (江瑞堂) at 10am today for final confirmation of the agreement.
About 100 union members protested at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei for a third time yesterday afternoon, after Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) on Wednesday voiced support for a salary increase for Chunghwa Express employees, which he said seemed reasonable.
“Our job is to deliver bills of exchange, promissory notes and checks issued by banks, which is key in maintaining order in the financial sector,” the union said. “However, it is difficult to make a living or support a family with the monthly salary we are paid.”
“We are only asking Chunghwa Express to use a portion of its annual profits to improve workers’ wages,” it said.
The one-day strike on Monday last week was meant to be a warning, the union said, adding that it suspended the strike after Wang voiced his support for a salary adjustment.
During negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the company’s management only agreed to propose a NT$5,000 raise for all employees at an interim board meeting on Thursday next week, but did not promise that the salary adjustment would not reduce their performance-based bonuses and annual incomes, the union said.
On Friday, 74.1 percent of union members voted to go on a second strike if management was not committed to fulfilling the pledges.
Chunghwa Post holds about a 40 percent stake in Chunghwa Express and controls five of 13 seats on the delivery firm’s board. The rest of the seats are controlled by China Airlines, Eva Airways, HCT Logistics Co, Kerry TJ Logistics Co and four other private investors.
Although the ministry, which owns Chunghwa Post, supports a raise for Chunghwa Express workers, not all private investors have agreed to the union’s demands, a source familiar with the matter said.
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