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Ministry to help employees in science parks facing unpaid leave

Ministry to help employees in science parks facing unpaid leave

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Science and Technology will do its best to help enterprises and employees facing challenges amid reports that workers in Taiwan's three major science parks have been put on furlough, a ministry official said Wednesday. Reports said the Hsinchu Science Park, the Central Taiwan Science Park and the Southern Taiwan Science Park had a combined 264 employees on furlough in September, with the number expected to fall to 97 in October. Science and Technology Minister Shyu Jyuo-min (???) said unpaid leave will not only hurt the employees but their families as well and the science park administrations will prepare measures to help the employees. Enterprises in the parks are required to report their intent to put workers on furlough to the park administration before doing it, Hsu said at a legislative hearing. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Cheng Li-chun (???) said companies in the parks account for a large share of Taiwan's electronics sector, and urged the ministry to address the unpaid leave problem because of the sheer number of companies. Companies have been forced to give employees extra days off because of slumping exports during a global economic slowdown. Taiwan's export orders fell on an annual basis for the fifth consecutive month in August. Hsinchu Science Park Administration Director-General Tu Chi-hsiang (???) said LED manufacturer Tera Xtal Technology Corp. (?????) asked some employees to take three days of unpaid leave in May and June, six days in August and 10 days in late September. It has yet to report its situation for next month. In the Central Taiwan Science Park, an LED manufacturer reported giving 94 workers a day per week of unpaid leave between July and September. Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration Director General Lin Wei-cheng (???) said Genesis Photonics Inc. (?????) began putting its employees on furlough for two days a month on Sept. 1, a policy that will last until Nov. 30. In addition, HannStart Display Corp. (??) laid off 31 engineers, vice presidents and managers on Sept. 24 as part of an organizational restructuring but will recruit 100 new technicians. Lin said that because of the experience gained during the 2008 financial crisis, when more than 200,000 workers were furloughed at one point, the park will value employee interests more and will refer laid-off employees to other enterprises such as Innolux Corp.(??) and Motech Industries (??). (By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:43 GMT+08:00