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Labor Day protest to call for wage hike

Labor Day protest to call for wage hike

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The annual Labor Day protest in Taipei will call this year for higher wages, the organizer said Tuesday, estimating that thousands will attend the rally set to kick off in front of the Presidential Office May 1. Although official statistics show that the average number of annual work hours in Taiwan fell from 2,281 hours in 2000 to 2,135 hours in 2014, Taiwanese workers' average monthly wages have also gone down from NT$46,716 (US$1,501) in 2001 to NT$45,494 in 2014, according to the rally's organizer, an alliance that consists of local labor unions and groups. Wages should not decline with the shortening of work hours, the alliance said, adding that the protesters this year will call for wage hikes, a further cut in work hours and a ban on the use of dispatch workers. The march in Taipei will begin at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office and proceed along Gongyuan Road, Xiangyang Road, Guanqian Road and Zhongxiao West Road before reaching the Legislative Yuan on Zhongshan South Road. (By Zoe Wei and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:55 GMT+08:00