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Higher wages for foreign domestics possible

Higher wages for foreign domestics possible

Higher wages for foreign domestics possible

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The monthly wage for foreign domestic workers could be raised to NT$17,500 (US$543) in the first hike in 18 years following pressure from their home countries, reports said Saturday.
The Ministry of Labor was scheduled to hold more bilateral talks with the main suppliers of domestic helpers, namely Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, before the end of the month, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported.
In previous rounds of talks, the ministry reportedly took a hard line, but recently, the three Southeast Asian countries joined up to demand a wage hike from the present NT$15,840 (US$491) a month to NT$17,500, making Taiwan less likely to be able to resist pressure. However, the MOL was still hoping it could implement a hike before the end of the year if the new salary was lower than NT$17,000 (US$527), the newspaper reported.
The MOL was preparing several scenarios and formulas which would result in the total wage staying below NT$17,000, reports said. Low-income families could benefit from reductions in employing a foreign domestic. Families with small children or elderly in poor health are the main beneficiaries of using foreign helpers.
A total of 214,000 out of 227,000 foreign domestic helpers could benefit from an eventual pay hike, the United Evening News reported. The 13,000 not included were already benefiting from the Labor Standards Act, according to the paper.
The MOL said it had figures ready for negotiations with the three countries, but it would not make them public until the talks booked results. Employers had been asked about plans for a pay hike and had given a positive response, MOL officials said.