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Child workers aged between 15 and 16 to receive adult minimum wage

Child workers aged between 15 and 16 to receive adult minimum wage

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor announced Saturday that child workers aged between 15 and 16 should receive the same minimum hourly wage of NT$120 as adults. It is not unusual nowadays in Taiwan for students finishing the nine-year compulsory education system to work during the summer to save money for high school tuition. Many of these young workers are under the age of 16, which the law defines as child workers, allowing employers to pay them a significantly lower wage than their adult counterparts. The new regulation stipulates that services of young workers aged between 15 and 16 should also be subject to the newly regulated minimum wage of NT$20,008 per month, or NT$120 per hour. Under the Labor Standards Law, child workers under 16 are not permitted to perform heavy and hazardous work. To further protect child workers, the Ministry of Labor has revised the old regulation which had set the wage level of child workers at 70% of the pay received by adult workers doing similar jobs. Starting this summer, young workers aged between 15 and 16 are entitled to the NT$120 minimum hourly wage, the ministry said. (By M.H. Chang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 13:15 GMT+08:00