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Chinese firms in Taiwan should employ morelocal labor: Think tank

Professor Liu Chin-hsing says the government should stand on the side of the employees

Chinese firms in Taiwan should employ morelocal labor: Think tank

'The number of Chinese professionals and managers arriving in Taiwan to work had increased by 182 percent from 55,000 to 155,000 in just two years from 2007 to 2009, academics told a seminar organized by the Taiwan Thinktank yesterday'
Chinese companies in Taiwan should be forced to increase the number of their local blue-collar workers before they were allowed to recruit more white-collar staff from China, the Taiwan Thinktank said yesterday.
The Chinese managers should also be subject to the same Employment Services Act as foreign staff, preventing their arrival from forcing down the salaries of their Taiwanese colleagues, the think tank said.
The number of Chinese professionals and managers arriving in Taiwan to work had increased by 182 percent from 55,000 to 155,000 in just two years from 2007 to 2009, academics told a seminar organized by the Taiwan Thinktank yesterday.
In its campaign to forge closer economic relations with China, the government already relaxed its restrictions on Chinese white-collar workers, but once the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement took effect, the number could still rise, threatening jobs for Taiwanese managers, seminar participants said.
Taiwan and China signed ECFA on June 29 in a move to cut tariffs and intensify economic and trade exchanges. If the Legislative Yuan approves the agreement, it will take effect next January 1.
Chang Kuo-cheng of the Taiwan Thinktank said the government should issue more precise regulations, including limits on the time a Chinese manager could spend in Taiwan and a minimum number of local workers a company should employ before it could hike the number of managers from China.
Chang also said the wage for the Chinese professionals should be set above a minimum of NT$47,971 (US$1,490) per month to avoid them from leading to wage cuts for Taiwanese managers. Their investment should also first reach a certain level, which should be checked every year after, Chang said.
National Taipei University of Technology Professor Liu Chin-hsing said the government should stand on the side of the employees, not of the big corporations, and try to stop the widening gap between rich and poor caused by globalization.


Updated : 2021-10-19 05:27 GMT+08:00