Working-class political struggle in Taiwan
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- Civil servants push for pay rise
- By Jimmy Cheung, The South China Morning
Post, Monday 15 May 2000. The private sector wage
survey, which the Government uses to adjust pay for civil
servants, found that salaries had fallen over the past
year for lower- and middle-ranking staff, but had risen
for senior staff. The largest civil service union has
dropped its support for a pay freeze and is pushing for a
1.61 per cent increase across the board, despite the cut
suggested by a private sector wage survey.
- Chen Shui-bian's Second Anniversary
in Office Marked by Labor Protests
- By Dong LIU, CND, 22 May 2002. Protesters said they were
unhappy that Chen did not fulfill his campaign promise to
workers. Chen has honored only a quarter of his campaign
promises made during the 2000 presidential election.
- Victory for Taiwan housewives
- By Laurence Eyton, Asia Times, 11 June
2002. Taiwan this week passed one of the most radical
pieces of social legislation perhaps ever passed in an
Asian country. The Civil Code Amendment bill probably
makes Taiwan the first country anywhere in the world to
mandate cash payment for housework.
- Unions lead fight against tyranny
- By Huang Jui-ming 黃瑞明,
Saturday 14 June 2003. Unions are political interest
groups. To reflect the wishes of grassroots members, they
lobby legislators or use demonstrations or strikes as
means of political mobilization, often becoming a catalyst
for social progress. But in Taiwan, until recently, unions
did not do this, but simply managed worker's
need. Union members fail to grasp the union potential.
- Taiwan unions plan protests against
- The News International, Pakistan, Thursday
18 September 2003. Thousands of workers at more than half
a dozen state-owned enterprises in Taiwan are planning
street protests and strikes to oppose the
government's privatisation program.