The labor policy of Taiwan

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Taiwan gives in to bosses on shorter hours
The Straits Times, 25 November 2000. Taiwan's government officials have re-tabled proposals to allow a smaller cut to the work week following strong protests from local industrialists, many of whose companies are already suffering from a shortage of labour.
Workers march for cut in hours
Agence France-Presse, 11 December 2000. Hundreds of slogan-chanting workers took to the streets of Taiwan's capital yesterday, claiming their rights were being sacrificed in favour of the economy after the government backtracked on a proposal to cut the working week.
KMT to back labour Bill if...
The Straits Times, 22 December 2000. Yielding to a public revolt against partisan sparing, the Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus said yesterday it would back the 44-hour work week if President Chen Shui-bian apologises for vowing to institute a 40-hour scheme on his campaign trial.
Taiwanese Unions Win Worktime Cuts
ICEM Update, 26 January 2001. Taiwan's trade unions have won their fight to reduce legal working hours from 48 hours to 42. Employers lobbyied hard against the measure. Global trade union support played a vital role.
Labor group appeals for government measures to help unemployed
By Maubo Chang, CNA, 24 April 2001. Members of the Alliance for 84 Hours for Every two Workweeks urged the government to address unemployment amid statistics showing 3.66 percent unemployment in the first quarter compared with economic growth of only 3 percent.
Panel agrees that unions need protection
By Chuang Chi-ting, Taipei Times, 16 August 2001. The Economic Development Advisory Conference says that guarantees are needed to ensure that employers don't retaliate against labor activists. All workers should have the right to form unions and improper intervention in the setting up of unions should be avoid. Unions should have more guarantees and be able to negotiate flexible work hours.
Trade union protests over lowering wages for foreign workers
By Peng Hou-di, Taipai, The China Post, Friday, 15 August 2003. The minimum wage for foreign workers should not be lower than local workers, or the difference may worsen Taiwan's economy and unemployment, Taiwan Confederation Trade Union (TCTU) protested yesterday.