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Labor council sets March 5 as Equal Pay Day

Labor council sets March 5 as Equal Pay Day

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs on Monday set March 5 as Equal Pay Day in Taiwan this year, pointing out that Taiwanese women on average need to work an extra 65 days to earn the same salary as their male counterparts. Governments in various countries designate an Equal Pay Day to highlight the unfair treatment of women in terms of salary in the work place. Each country may mark the occasion on a different day of the year, depending on how long it takes women in their country to earn the same salary as their male counterparts. Taiwanese women on average earn 17.6 percent less than Taiwanese men, which means that they will have to work an extra 65 days, or until March 5, to receive the same amount of pay earned by their male counterparts last year, the Cabinet-level council said, citing statistics from the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics. Council Minister Wang Ju-hsuan told a press conference that although the idea of an Equal Pay Day is new to people in Taiwan, it has been designated in places such as Europe, the United States and South Korea. The fact that Taiwanese women on average earn 17.6 percent less than their male counterparts show that there is still room for improvement in closing the gender pay gap in Taiwan, said Wang. The council said it will continue to improve labor rights for women, increase female participation in the labor force, narrow the wage gap between men and women, help workers file complaints against gender discrimination at the workplace, push for a domestic workers protection act, and ensure workers get paid family leave on typhoon days. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-14 23:13 GMT+08:00