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The Liberty Times: Don't press the white collars to rise

The Liberty Times: Don't press the white collars to rise

China reportedly produced a long "early harvest" list during the most recent round of cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) talks that would require Taiwan to open its doors to over 700 categories of products and services from China. President Ma Ying-jeou's administration has so far not said anything about it.
About 60 percent of Taiwan's workforce are in the service sector.
If China's demands are met and Chinese workers are allowed to work in Taiwan's service sector, it would mean that some 3.21 million white-collar workers in 15 business lines would be affected.
What are the Ma administration's principles with regard to what will be opened and what will remain closed to Chinese products and services? The administration should be keeping the people fully abreast of its China policy and the content and purpose of Taiwan's imminent signing of the ECFA with China. How long will the Ma administration duck its responsibility to let the people know? Ma and his ECFA negotiators have repeated that Taiwan will not under any circumstances open its doors wider to agricultural products from China even if the ECFA is signed.
They have blurred the points. The agricultural products are not the point. The point is how much the idiotic Ma administration will lead Taiwan's industrial service sector to compromise simply for the signing of the ECFA.
Before long, not only will members of the domestic agricultural and industrial sectors vent their anger, the white-collar workers will probably also rise up to defend their rights and interests.
(April 6, 2010) (By Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-04-17 14:23 GMT+08:00