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Labor groups to wage 'autumn struggle' to release anger

Labor groups to wage 'autumn struggle' to release anger

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Over 40 social groups will hold a protest rally in front of the Presidential Office on Saturday to express their discontent with government policies that they say help business and ignore the rights and interests of workers, an activist said Monday. Chu Wei-li, chief executive of the National Federation of Independent Trade Unions, announced this year's "autumn struggle" at a press conference and blasted what he described as successive governments' anti-labor policies. Chu argued that Taiwan's free market economy engineered by both the incumbent ruling party, the Kuomintang, and its predecessor, the Democratic Progressive Party, favors enterprises in the high-tech sector but not the workers or people living close to factories. The government's special treatment to businesses has allowed the companies in high-tech science parks to "grab water, electricity and land" from local residents, Chu contended. But such a policy has not only failed to create stable and long-term jobs, but also forced workers to shoulder the heavy burden of business risk and economic recession, he complained. (By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-04-15 21:41 GMT+08:00