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Groupon to end operations in Taiwan

Groupon to end operations in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Groupon, a group buying website, will lay off its workers before ending its operations in Taiwan, the Taipei City government confirmed Tuesday. Liu Chia-hung (???), a section chief with the city government's Department of Labor, said his agency received notification from Groupon Taiwan on Sept. 18 that it would lay off 100 workers on Nov. 21 and its remaining 15 workers and executives on Dec. 31. Groupon has notified the city's Department of Labor and related agencies of the plan 60 days before the planned layoffs, as required by law, and will not be fined, Liu said. The official said it will be left up to Groupon to coordinate the layoffs with its workers, and the department will not intervene in the process unless it receives complaints from those involved. Groupon did not respond to questions about its plans on Tuesday. Customer service people working for the company said they had not heard anything about the situation, and indicated that Groupon products and services can still be used normally. They also said there would not be any problems with refunds and appealed to customers not to worry. Founded in Chicago in 2008, Groupon entered Taiwan in 2010 and has had some success. But several group buying websites have sprung up in Taiwan since 2011, and the group buying market is now largely in the hands of four major players --- Gomaji, Groupon, 17Life and Crzymike.tw -- according to the Institute for Information Industry. (By You Kai-hsiang, Esme Jiang and Lilian Wu)