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Labor representatives want minimum wage raised to NT$22,115

Labor representatives want minimum wage raised to NT$22,115

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Labor representatives reached a consensus Thursday that the minimum monthly wage should be raised by nearly NT$5,000 (US$156) to NT$22,115, setting the stage for a possible confrontation between workers and employers.
The representatives met to seek a common stance ahead of a Council of Labor Affairs meeting scheduled for Sept. 13 to review the minimum wage in an effort to narrow the widening gap between rich and poor.
Hsieh Chuang-chih, secretary-general of the Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions, said that according to the government, the minimum living expenses per person are NT$9,829 in Taiwan Province, NT$14,558 in Taipei City and NT$11,309 in Kaohsiung City.
Hsieh also cited 2008 statistics showing that every worker has to support 1.25 family members, which means that each one needs to earn at least NT$22,115 per month to meet those needs.
"As NT$22,115 is the minimum standard for workers to maintain a decent living, and most of their actual incomes are higher than that, all five labor representatives present at the meeting therefore agreed that the minimum wage should not be lower than that figure, " Hsieh said.
The meeting came after a statement issued last week by six major Taiwan trade and industrial organizations questioning the wisdom of a proposal to raise the minimum monthly wage, which currently stands at NT$17,280.
According to Rock Hsu, vice chairman of the Chinese National Federation of Industries, the government should consider if now is a good time to promote the policy, as the global economic outlook appears less optimistic than previously predicted and many countries are mulling ways to prevent a fresh slowdown.
(By Chen Shun-hsieh and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-04-15 09:58 GMT+08:00