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CLA to encourage businesses to raise pay

CLA to encourage businesses to raise pay

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) The government will seek to encourage employers to raise salaries for their workers, either through legislation or an incentive program, Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan said Wednesday, amid mounting complaints about stagnant wages and rising living costs in Taiwan. Wang said the government's goal is to push businesses to fulfill their social responsibilities, including protecting the benefits of their workers. "Enacting a law or offering incentives such as tax deductions are two possible directions," she said. Meanwhile, she said, the Council of Labor Affairs will review the minimum wage in the third quarter of this year, in the hope of raising the minimum hourly wage from NT$103 (US$3.53) to NT$115 and adjusting the minimum monthly wage according to changes in the consumer price index. Commenting on Wang's proposal, Chinese National Federation of Industries Chairman Hsu Sheng-hsiung said however that the government should not "go beyond its duties" and meddle in the issue of whether businesses should adjust their payscales. Hsu said businesses have the responsibility to take care of their workers, but there should not be any compulsory measures to require them to raise pay for workers, because "every company operates differently and faces different competition." "What the government can do is provide the business sector with a better investment environment," he said. (By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-05-06 18:25 GMT+08:00