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Fishermen lodge complaint over foreign workers' insurance

Fishermen lodge complaint over foreign workers' insurance

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) More than 40 fishing boat owners lodged a complaint with the Legislative Yuan Friday over requirements that they enroll foreign workers in labor and health insurance programs.
The Bureau of National Labor Insurance and the Bureau of National Health Insurance sent a written statement earlier this week notifying fishing boat owners to enroll foreign workers they hire on boats for labor and health insurance coverage within 15 days or face fines.
Fishing boat owners are required by law to ensure their workers are covered under the labor insurance and health insurance systems, either by filing registration forms themselves or through brokerage agencies.
Fishing boat owners complained that most owners are actually workers who have joined the insurance systems as insured members of fishermen's associations.
They said that if the government requires them to set up insured units in their capacity as employers, they will not only have to pay a lot more for their own insurance premiums, but will also lose their eligibility to apply for fishermen's welfare allowance of NT$6,000 a month when they retire.
In response, the bureaus said they were doing their duty in accordance with the law, but agreed to grant fishing boat owners a grace period. They but did not specify how long the period will be.
Meanwhile, ruling Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Chien-jung asked the Fisheries Agency to come up with a solution to the problem.
(By Chou Yung-chieh and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-04-17 04:22 GMT+08:00