TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--An estimated 10,000 local workers took to the streets of Taipei on Monday in a Labor Day march to issue five demands they expect from the government, including a call for drafting a basic pension scheme that guarantees a basic living standard for retired laborers.
The workers gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office in the afternoon and begin to march at 1 p.m. toward the buildings of two major institutions that represent Taiwanese capitalists--the Chinese National Federation of Industries and the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China--on Fuxing South Road.
The five demands include a call for all trades to be placed under the Labor Standards Act, for a ban on dispatch work and a freeze of atypical employment, a labor pension that guarantees the basic living standard for retired workers, a pay raise and reduction of working hours, and guarantee of greater protection of labor rights, which includes full right to unionize, engage in collective bargaining, and take industrial action.
Meanwhile, hundreds of laborers protested at the southern branch of the Presidential Office in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, issuing similar demands.
However, the groups in the south were more specific with what they want. They demanded the government draft a basic pension scheme with a floor amount of NT$16,000, guarantee labor representatives serving as members on listed companies' boards of directors, and designate Dec. 25, 2018 as "zero dispatch day" to end all such practices.
They also demanded the administration of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party give a clear response to their demands within a month or face a fiercer protest.