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KMT layoffs incite backlash from staff

KMT layoffs incite backlash from staff

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Moves by new Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu to cut staff have incited a backlash from within the ruling party’s ranks, reports said Friday.
After he was elected chairman with 99.6 percent of the vote on January 17 and took office on January 19, the New Taipei City mayor promised a shakeup of the party’s structures.
However, he has been criticized by KMT staff for planning layoffs without offering them new jobs, the United Evening News reported Friday.
Newly appointed secretary-general Lee Shih-chuan said that if the KMT did not implement any reforms, there would be no jobs left for anybody.
The party suffered a devastating blow in the November 29 local elections, being only left with six out of 22 positions of city mayor and county magistrate. President Ma Ying-jeou’s resignation as KMT chairman and the election of a new leader were the result of that outcome.
Chu reportedly told a work meeting that he had selected Lee, who has a background in government but not in the party, to “wield a knife” to cut staff. He added he had no duty to help those leaving the KMT find new jobs.
Chu reportedly convinced Honorary Chairman Lien Chan to allow him to move ahead with a complete overhaul of the party’s think tank, which had been closely affiliated with the former vice president. After taking office, Chu entrusted Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin, Taipei City’s previous mayor, with rebuilding the think tank and give it a larger role because he felt it had not done a good job over the past few years.
The restructuring of the party would emphasize “internalization,” which included the removal of many veteran party workers, reports said. The leadership of President Ma Ying-jeou had witnessed many problems with some employees, but because of his personality, he had failed to take action in order to prevent any conflict, the United Evening News reported, adding that disgruntled former staff might now strike back against Chu by revealing scandals.
The other key reform points for the KMT structure under its new chairman were a larger reliance on volunteers and a more battle-ready attitude.
Lee said he appreciated the contribution of all party workers, but if anybody was not suitable to continue, he would have to leave, otherwise he would not have been asked to serve as secretary-general and manage the changes.
Employees of a political party could not expect to continue serving into their seventies or eighties without retiring, otherwise such a party would not have any chance to continue, Lee reportedly said.


Updated : 2021-09-26 10:02 GMT+08:00