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Taiwan: Government to reinforce measures prohibiting Chinese workers

Taiwan: Government to reinforce measures prohibiting Chinese workers

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) pledged yesterday to strengthen measures to prevent enterprises from bringing in Chinese workers by taking advantage of loopholes in the law.

NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung was responding to a lawmaker's accusation at a Legislative Yuan Internal Committee meeting that some high-tech factories have been hiring workers from China for their production lines in Taiwan.

Hsieh said that his agency will revise regulations to allow stricter applications by "certain enterprises" for Chinese professionals to visit Taiwan, Hsieh said.

The enterprises to be subject to tougher screening will include those which have applied for permits for more than 10 "Chinese professionals" to visit in a single trip, and those which have submitted three or more applications within one year, he noted.

At the meeting, ruling Kuomintang Legislator Lo Shu-lei asked Hsieh about recent legal action taken by a local workers' organization against the Young Fast Optoelectronic Corp. of Taoyuan County in northern Taiwan, which manufactures small and medium-sized touch panel sensor products.

Young Fast was accused of illegally importing Chinese workers under the pretext of holding training workshops in Taiwan for employees at its affiliate companies on the mainland. Taiwan has never agreed to open its doors to Chinese workers.

She alleged that enterprises could "import Chinese workers in large numbers based on the Executive Yuan's regulations on visits by Chinese professionals for professional activities."

In addition to Young Fast, two high-tech companies including AU Optronics Corp. applied for permits for visits by a total of 453 Chinese workers between April 22, 2009 and Sept. 2, 2010, Lo said, noting that the NIA gave the green light for visits by 443 of them.

Lo questioned the capabilities of these so-called Chinese professionals who, she said, have been seen working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on production lines where blue-collar employees work.

Hsieh said an investigation of the Young Fast case has been launched. Relevant authorities are still working to find out whether the Chinese workers at its factory on the island are professionals, he added.

Updated : 2021-07-30 10:21 GMT+08:00