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Ko urges equal pay for Taipei City nurses

Ko urges equal pay for Taipei City nurses

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Wednesday that he will be imposing the "equal pay for equal work" principle to all registered nurses at all branches of Taipei City Hospital beginning June 1 regardless of whether they are civil servants or not.

Ko said that having worked on the emergency room for the past 20 years, he has a good understanding that nursing is one of the hardest jobs in the world.

Taipei City Hospital currently employs public sector nurses and private contract nurses, who are paid less than their public sector colleagues.

Since nursing is a profession that requires a certain amount of attentiveness and patience, Ko said he has directed superintendent of Taipei City Hospital Huang Sheng-jean to ensure that all registered nurses are equally paid, whether they are government employees or contract workers.

According to Ko, nursing is a skilled profession that needs to be taken seriously in order for it to develop, although few newly employed nurses will be eligible to be public service employees due to quota rules for new public servants.

He said the imposition is geared at bridging the income gap between private and civil service employees in the nursing sector.

Updated : 2021-09-21 11:42 GMT+08:00