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Legislators agree to unfreeze budget for job-creation project

Legislators agree to unfreeze budget for job-creation project

The Legislature yesterday agreed to unfreeze a budget of about NT$600 million for a job-creation project and around NT$40 million for a plan to manage foreign workers.
The NT$600 million previously frozen by the Legislature is part of an NT$2 billion fund proposed for this year's employment program.
Council of Labor Affairs (勞委會) Chairman Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) pointed out that this year's employment program was created to offer 10 thousand job opportunities for the unemployed. Lee said that the approved job opportunities in civic organizations, central government agencies, and local governments would benefit 9,298 people, but because of the budget freeze, the current job referral service and the plan to review proposals for the second half of the year have both been suspended.
The NT$45.69 million budget for a plan to manage foreign workers was also frozen after an August 2005 riot by foreign workers helping to build the Kaohsiung MRT. At that time the Legislature requested a review of policy towards foreign workers and the system for their management.
The CLA has comprehensively pushed to protect the rights and interests of the foreigner workers in Taiwan, including checking the working conditions at businesses that employ more than 100 foreign workers, and deploying service centers at airports for foreign workers, Lee said. The CLA has also reduced the number of missing foreign workers from the peak ninety thousand to the current number of some 10 thousand, he added.